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HISTORY OF 

MADISON COUNTY 

INDIANA 

A Narrative Account of Its Historical Progress, 
Its People and Its Principal Interests 



Compiled Under the Editorial S'tpcrvision of 

JOHN L, FORKNER 



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MiKON G. Reynolds. In the person of Miron G. Reynolds, of Ander- 
son, is found another splendid example of the self-made manhood of 
which this country is so proud. Commencing life wdthout advantages, 
working with his hands and climbing the familiar but difiiealt road of 
poverty, meeting with obstacles and overcoming them as they arose, he 
to-day finds himself in the ranks of Anderson's and mau> other cities 
successful business men, and as president of the Central Heating Com- 
pany, vice-president of the Indiana Silo Company and proprietor and 
manager of the Reynolds Gas Regulator Company, he is recognized as 
one of those who have made Andei-son the city that it now is. His 
career has been one of great activity and uncommon success, due to abil- 
ity, tho exercise of good judgment and the exhibition under ail circmn- 
stances of the strictest integrity. A review of his career should have 
something in it of a nature encouraging to the youth of to-day who is 
struggling to gain, without friends or fortune, a place on the ladder that 
leads to success and independence. 

Miron G. Reynolds was born in "Wayne county, Indiana, J-iinti 16, 
1853, a son of Brazila and Lydia (Layton) Reynolds. The parents, 
natives of New Jersey, became early settlers of Indiana, locating near 
"Williamsburg in Wayne county. The father was a millwright, and 
follov/ed that trade during his life time. He was an excellent business 
man, and in his later years was prosperous. His was the reputation 
of an honorable man of atiairs, and by his associates he was held in the 
greatest confidence. 

Miron G. Reynolds received only a common school education, doing 
the greater part of his studying in the school of hard work. In time 
he began learning the blacksmith's trade in his father's carriage works 
plant at WilUamsburg, remaining. with his father until his twenty-fifth 
year, after which he and his brother conducted a planing mill, the 
young man in the meantime vainly trying to find his proper field. In 
1890 he invented a gas governor, and in the same year came to Anderson 
in search of capital to exploit it. Capital, however, is a scarce com- 
modity to those who have not influential connections, but Mr. Reynolds 
persevered, with a faith in his ideas that would not down, and eventualh' 
secured his backer, found his market, and after his invention was tested 
and compared with others his future was assured. These regulators 
are now being used throughout the United States and many foreign 
countries. The Reynolds Gas Regulator Company was formed for the 

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362 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

manufacturing of this article, and of this large institution Mr. Reynolds 
was the president and general manager, but is now the sole owner. 
He was also the principal organizer of the Central Heating Company, 
capitalized at $130,000, and which has a large plant equipped with the 
most modern machinery, and of this concern Mr. Reynolds is the presi- 
dent, a position which he has held since the company's inception. In 
addition he is vice-president and a large stockholder in the Indiana Silo 
Company, the largest enterprise of its kind in the United States. Other 
enterprises and ventures of Anderson have had the benefit of Mr. RejTi- 
old's co-operation and support, and everywhere among his associates 
he is looked to for guidance, counsel and leadership. No taint of dis- 
honesty has rested upon his record. He is positive, strong and energetic, 
but is tolerant of the opinions and careful of the rights of others, recog- 
nizing the equal liberty of all, and alvrays willing to help those who 
were trying to help themselves. 

In 1892 Mr. Reynolds was married to Miss Carrie B. Bousman, and 
there is one child of this union, Myron B. Reynolds. Mr. Reynolds 
has membership relations with the Knights of Pythias fraternity. His 
beautiful home, erected in 1910, is of brick and in point of architectural 
design and modern conveniences is considered one of the finest in 
Anderson. 

Neils P. Salling. The largest local enterprise of Anderson is the 
lumber and coal business conducted under the name of N. P. Salling. 
The yards of this business are located on Home Avenue between Bron- 
nenberg and Twelfth Streets, ilr. Sailing, who has the largest lumber 
yards and planing mills in this section of the state, furnishes to the 
trade all kinds of lumber, lath, shingles, sash, blinds, doors, frames, 
mouldings and wood turned work. 

Mr. Sailing is a native of Denmark, born in the city of Viborg in 
1858. He is one of the men of foreign birth who came to America at 
the beginning of their careers, sought and found the largest opportunities 
of life in this new country, and though he came without capital his 
success has been much more generous than that of the average American 
bom citizen. 

Neils P. Sailing was educated in the city and select schools of his 
native land, and was about thirteen years old when he came to America 
in 1872. His first location was at Manistee, Michigan, where he was' 
connected for a time with the lumber business. His association was 
with his uncle, E. N. Salling, a well known lumberman at Manistee, and 
while there he acquired the thorough experience which has enabled him 
successfully to handle an independent enterprise and make a success of 
it. In 1879 he removed to Grayling, ^Michigan, where he became inter- 
ested in the mercantile business under the firm name of Salling, Hanson 
& Company. For several years, Mr. Sailing was in the wholesale lum- 
ber trade at Grayling and other parts of Michigan. 

In 1899,. Mr. Sailing moved to Anderson, and established his present 
husiness on April 25, of that year. From 1899 to 1903, he was exten- 
sively engaged in the manufacture of lumber, shingles and other lumber 
products. Purchasing the business of Koontz, Koontz & Lament Cash 
Lumber Company, he added the planing mill and has since developed his 
plant in Anderaon, until his yards and planing factory are the largest 
in this section of Indiana, His large and well selected stock of lumber 
is secured and protected under extensive sheds, and by that means he is 



H [STORY OF MADISON COUNTY . 363 

able to supply his customers with all kinds of lumber, and have it finished 
in the planing mill according to the customer's specifications and wishes. 
In eoniiection with his large lumber yard, he handles coal on an exten- 
sive scale. jMr. Sailing is also interested in other lumber yards, two at 
]\runcie, Indiana, and one at Huntington in this state. He is also a stock- 
bolder in the "Webb-Baxter Company at Anderson. 

Mr. Sailing married Miss Nancy Coolidge, a native of Michigan, and 
a daughter of Elisha W. Coolidge, a prominent lumber merchant. No 
children have been born to their man-iage. jNIr. Sailing is well known 
as a Mason, haying membership in the ^lanistee Lodge No. 258, A. F. & 
A. M., at Manistee; Chapter No. 142 R. A. 'M., at Grayling; and Anderson 
Commander^' No. 32 K. T. : Detroit Council of Loyal and Select Masters 
in Michigan; and Moslem Temple of the Mystic Shrine of Detroit, hav- 
ing taken also thii-ty-two degrees of the Scottish Rite. His other social 
affiliations are with the Knights of Pythias at Anderson, and the Benevo- 
lent and Protective Order of Elks in the same city. As to politics, Mr. 
Sailing has always given his support to the Republican party. 

]\[r. Sailing came to America a boy without means and with no one 
especially to direct his youthful course, and by energy, tact and good 
management has aceunuilated a considerable amount of property, and 
is recognized as one of the successful business men of Anderson, a broad- ^ 
minded, public spirited and very cordial gentleman. He has a good 
residence at 832 "West Eighth Street, on one of the best residence thor- 
oughfares in Anderson. 

Joel B. Benefiel. In ^Madison county where he has spent his entire 
life, and where his ability as a farmer and business man and citizen is 
highly appreciated, Joel B. Benefiel is now serv'ing as incumbent of the 
•important county office of auditor. His residence is in Pendleton, and 
his name has been known in the southwestern "section of the county since 
1889. 

Of all the old and respected families of Madison county, it is doubtful 
if any has played a more important part than ^'he Benefiels, in the set- 
tlement, development and the business and civic acti'vuties of this sec- 
tion. The present Madison county auditor is the only son of W. H. H. 
Benefiel and Jennie H. (Epperly) Benefiel, both of whom still reside 
at Pendleton. The career of the elder Benefiel in Madison county has 
been an interesting one, and among the old-timers none can relate with 
keener memory and with better appreciation of relative values in a 
story reminiscences of old-timers in Madison county than "W. H. H. 
Benefiel. He tells not only the experiences of his own life, but the life 
and experiences of many pioneers in this section of Indiana, and a 
younger generation may better understand what pioneer life meant when 
they hear the elder Benefiel describe the corn-huskings, the log-rollings, 
the apple cuttings, and similar incidents and activities in which the 
first settlers in Madison county engaged. Among the old-timers still 
living probably 'W. H. H. Benefiel knows and can recall that early life 
better than any other of his contemporaries. From him one may gain 
a graphic word picture of the old school house with its puncheon floors, 
with its %vindows admitting light through greased paper, and with its 
various other primitive facilities and furnishings. In these schools 
were taught the three R's — reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic. His memory 
even goes back to the pioneer and green forests, the wild deer and other 
game, which haunted this country before the advent of the white man 



364 . HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

and railroads and other facilities of civilization had extenainated them. 
Mr. Benefiel and his good wife now reside in a beautiful and com- 
fortable home at Pendleton, and are honored by all their old and young 
friends, among whom there is none to begrudge them the enjoyment of 
the fruits of their early industry and, savings. 

Joel B. Benefiel was born on the old home farm in Jackson township 
December 20, 1867, and all his early career was spent in the rural dis- 
trict. When he arrived at the proper age he entered the local schools, 
and proved himself an eager student, and when his services were needed 
at home he gave the benefit of his labors in morning and evening and in 
vacation time to the multifarious details which alv/ays require attention 
on a farm. When he was about fifteen years old, in order to secure a 
better education, he entered the high school at Frankton, and there 
studied and obtained much useful knowledge which has been of benefit 
to him in all his life and in the business world. When his school days 
were finished, he took up farming as his regular vocation, and followed 
that in connection with stock raising and the manufacturing of cheese 
for many years. 

Mr. Benefiel 's caret;r as a farmer brought him more than ordinary 
success, and it was his standing as a responsible business man and em- 
cient agriculturist that finally brought him into public affairs. In 1911 
he was chosen auditor of Madison county, and took charge of that office 
on January 1, 1912. In 1911 after his election to office he moved from 
the farm to Pendleton. ^Iv. Benefiel is accommodating and efficient 
as auditor, and his admiiiistration of the office has brought credit to 
himself and satisfaction to his constituency. 

In October, 1890, ^Mr. Benefiel was united in marriage witli Hannah 
J. Gusinger. Their marricige has been blessed with the following chil- 
dren : Leon G., born February 22, 1892, a graduate of the Pendleton 
high school and now deputy auditor under his father; Horace I., born 
April 23, 1894, a graduate of the Pendleton high school; William E., 
born September 10, 1896, Mary A., bom September 30, 1S95; Nora J., 
born October 29, 1900; and Martha A., born April 30, 1905 ; ,ind Joel T., 
bom September 25, 1907. The family are communicants of the Catholic 
church and j\Ir. Benefiel is affiliated with the Knights of Columbus at 
Andei-son. 

Since taking up his duties as county auditor, Mr. Benefiel has dis- 
posed of his farming interests in Madison comity. He is a man who is 
well and favorably regarded tlu-oughout this county, has made a record 
for honesty and honorable dealings, and has won man}- of the finest 
fruits of life, consisting not only of material prosperity, but the tine 
esteem of a community, which takes occasion to show its complete confi- 
dence in his integrity. 

Chaeles a. Henderson. The oldest drug store in IVIadison county 
is that now conducted by Charles A. Henderson, at Anderson, which 
has been used as a pharmacy for more than forty-five years, and has an 
old and well-established trade. Mr. Henderson, who is widely and 
favorably known in Anderson, is a veteran of the Civil war, and both in 
times of war and peace has jtistified the confidence that has been placed 
in him, and has ably and faithfully discharged his duties as both soldier 
and citizen. He was born near ZanesviUe, Muskingum county, Ohio, 
January 28, 1844, and is a son of William R. arid Ann (Lumb) Hender 
son. His father was bom in Orange county, New York, and was an 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 365 

early settler of Muskingum county, where he practiced law until his 
death. He was a son of John Henderson, an early settler of West Vir- 
^nia, who was born in the North of Ireland, and who emigrated thence 
to New York, later settling in "West Virginia and taking up his resi- 
dence in the vicinity of the city of Wheeling. 

The educational training of Charles A. Henderson was secured in 
the public schools of Dresden, Ohio, where, after taking his high school 
course under the instruction of Robert Stevenson, a noted educator of 
that day, he entered a pharmacy in Zanesville, Ohio, and there he 
learned the drug business. He was so engaged at the outbreak of the 
struggle between the North and the South, and in 1863 came to Decatur, 
Indiana. His youthful patriotism and enthusiasm for the cause of the 
Union led him to enlist as a member of Company S, Fifty -ninth Regi- 
ment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He entered the service as a raw 
recruit, was mustered in at Kendallville, soon after being placed in 
charge of a company doing guard duty at Indianapolis, Indiana, where 
he served his full time in the service. He received his honorable dis- 
charge in 1865, and returning from his military career, he spent two 
years in the drug busiiiess at Rochester, then v/ent to Indianapolis, 
where he was employed by A. Kiefer, who was engaged iu the sale of 
wholesale drugs. j\Ir. Henderson's advent into Anderson was in 1868, 
and since that time this city has been his home and the scene of his 
business activities. He continued to successfully conduct this business 
until 1882, when he was elected clerk of the court of Madison county, 
a position he continued to hold four years. During this time he also 
ran his drug store successfully, having a competent m.an in charge of 
the business, so that his time was not deflected from his official duties. 
The stock of his establishraent is a comprehensive one. embracing varied 
lines of drugs and medicines, toilet articles, druggists sundries and such 
other stock as is usual to first class pharmacies, and his business has 
with the ]^assing years continued to shov/ a steady and gratifying growth. 
Absolutely reUabie, Mr. Henderson has gained and held the confidence 
of his fellow to^msmen, and as a business man and a private citizen is 
held in the highest esteem. 

On June 1, 1875, ]\Ir. Henderson was united in marriage with Miss 
Harriett E. Crabbs, of "Wabash, Indiana, a daughter of Joseph Crabbs. 
a banker of that city, and well known and highly esteemed in that part 
of the state. Four children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Henderson, 
as follows: Charles E., a druggist; Joseph C, who is also engaged in 
that business; Frederick A., a physician and surgeon, and a graduate of 
Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, and now seiwing as interne in 
the Kings County Hospital in New York City ; Bessie M., the only daugh- 
ter, who died in the seventeenth year of her life. The wife and mother 
died on December 23, 1906, and her loss is deeply mourned, not only by 
her family, but by all who knew her and shared in her worthy life in 
any way. 

Mr. Henderson has always been a stalwart Democrat, but with the 
exception of four years spent as county clerk and two years as city clerk 
of Anderson, he has never aspired to public service. On both those 
occasions he was elected to the office by magnificent and flattering major- 
ities, and in both he gave a worthy service, in ever^v way satisfactoj-y to 
the public and creditable to himself. His fraternal connections are with 
the A. F. & A. M. Mt. Moriah Lodge No. 77, in which he has taken the 



366 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

Master's degree. He also has membership in Major May Post No. 2-44, 
G. A. R., and his friends in all walks of life are numerous and devoted. 

Joseph E. Hexxings. One time owner of the Grand Hotel of Ander- 
son and now manager of the Grand Opera House and the Anderson 
Posting xVdvertisiug Company, Joseph E. Ilennings has been identified 
with the business interests of this city since 1890. His first connection 
with the commercial affairs of Anderson was as salesman and solicitor, 
and he gained a local reputation for progressive ideas and genuine busi- 
ness capacity that has stood him in excellent stead through a'l the years 
of his operation. 

, Bom in New York City, May 10, 1865, Joseph E. Hennings received 
his early training in the schools of the American metropolis. During 
his hours out of school the boy practically supported himself by selling 
papers in the streets. His educc^tion was limited to the briefest training, 
and he was but ten years old when he left school to engage in regular 
work. He was employed as an office boy for a time, and then left New 
York and landed in Kokomo, Indiana, where he became a bell boy in 
the Clinton House. He was also a newsboy in that city. He came to 
Anderson in 1890. He w^as attracted to this town during the days of 
the Indiana State Baseball League. In his loyalty to the Kokomo team 
he was landed in the grarid stand for all his spare change, and the Ander- 
son boys advertised him as lost. He remained in Andereon, as he says, 
rather than walk back, besides facing* the humiliation of defeat. How- 
ever, he possessed the wit and independence which would prosper any- 
where, and it is said of Mr. Hennings that no matter what convolutions 
of experience he might go through he would land on his feet. Though 
he had only brains with which to contend against both brains and 
capital, his native shrewdness won oat and he thus became well estab- 
lished in Anderson vrithin a few years. In 1894, he engaged in the 
hotel business, becoming proprietor of what was knov\m as the old 
Anderson Hotel, a place he continued to operate with success for the 
ensuing ten years. In 1905 he became interested in the Grand Opera 
House, and in the same year leased the Grand Hotel, then the principal 
-hotel in Anderson and new and modern in all its appointments. In this 
hotel he brought to bear all his early acquired knowledge of the business 
as weU as that he had gained in later years, and carried on the manage- 
ment until the Grand Hotel became the most popular hostelry in the state. 
In the meantime he had become manager of the Grand Opera House, 
which he operated profitably in connection with his activities as land- 
lord of the finest hotel. In February, 1913, Mr. Hennings disposed of 
his interests in the Grand Hotel, but continued as manager of the Opera 
House. For five consecutive years he was president of tlie Indiana Hotel- 
keepers Association. Since retiring from the hotel business, ^Ir. Hen- 
nings has bought a neat and substantial residence on Central Avenue, 
and now devotes his entire time to those interests which have gradually 
accumul-ated during his active business career. He is a stock holder in 
the People's State Bank and the Farmers Trust Company, is also owner 
of the Bill Posting Plant, the best equipped concern of its kind in the 
state. He owns valuable grounds opposite the post office, covering an 
area of seventy-two by one hundred and forty-four feet. The Anderson 
Posting Advertising Company is well known throughout this section of 
the state. Mr. Hennings was director general in the most important 
commercial event in the history of Anderson, and also the most success- 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 367 

ful affair ever brought about for boosting home interests. This was the 
"Made in Anderson exhibit" held under a mammoth canvas during the 
first week in June, 1913, and attracting visitors, business men and indus- 
trial representatives from every part of the country*. He was chairman 
of the finance committee in this county. His fraternal relations are with 
the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and at the present time 
he is grand district deputy of the Grand Lodge of that Order, while he 
served as chairman of the committee appointed to provide for the Elks 
State Convention which met in Anderson in May, 1912. That was the 
best state convention in the history of the order. He is likewise a mem- 
ber of the Loyal Order of Moose, the Knights of Pythias, is interested in 
the Travelers Protective Association, of which he is a director, and is 
a director of the Antlers Club. 

Mr. Henuings as a successful man credits no small share of his prog- 
ress and prosperity to his capable wife. On August 7, 1S91, soon after 
he located in Anderson, he married ^Miss Josephine Morey, of Adrian, 
Michigan, a daughter of l\Iax 2\Iorey. They have one daughter Eva.. 
The family residence is 1222 Central Avenu^ 

I\Ir. Hennings has long since demonstrated the character of his citi- 
zenship to be above reproach, and his public spiritoduess and open- 
mindedness has been of the greatest benefit of the city which represents 
his home, and where he displays a wholesome interest in every eiiterprise 
calculated to enhance the community welfare. 

j\Ir. Hennings 'retains his otiice in the Grand Opera House block and 
while he has opportunities in other cities whore a larger field for opera- 
tions are offered him, he still stands by the ship that carried him over 
and believes in loyalty to good old Anderson. 

Henry Drach. It is gratifying to be able to present in this publica- 
tion individual mention of so appreciable a percentage of the representa- 
tive citizenship of Anderson, and to such recog'iition Mr. Drach is well 
entitled, as he is a loyal and public-spirited citizen and is the able and 
popular incumbent of the office of superintendent of the city water vrorks. 

Mr. Drach w^as born in the city of Cleveland, Ohio, on the 4th of 
August, 1868, and is a son of Jacob "W. and Maria (Hechler) Drach, both 
natives of Germany and representatives of stanch old families of that 
great empire. Jacob W. Drach was reared to adult age in his native 
land ,and was there afforded good educational advantages. At the age 
of eighteen years he emigrated to America and here he served a thorough 
apprenticeship to the blacksmith's trade in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, 
soon afterward moving to Cleveland, Ohio, and to that enterprise he 
devoted the greater part of his active career in that city, there spending 
the remainder of his life, and dying in 1871, his widow surviving him 
until 1889. Of their five children one son and one daughter are deceased. 

To the public schools of his native c4ty Henry Drach is chiefly indebted 
for his early educational discipline, and after he left the grades he 
attended a night school in the city for some time, after which he entered 
the employ of the Standard Oil Company, where he occupied himself at 
learning the machinist's trade. He later had charge of the installation 
of machinery in different plants of the Hughes Steam Pump Company 
of Cleveland, and still later was employed by the same company in the 
work of installing waterworks plants and equipmr-nt in various cities 
and towns. In 1893 Mr. Drach came to Anderson and assumed charge 
of the installation of machinery in a local water works plant, of which 



368 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

he was, in 1895, appointed superintendent upon the completion of the 
system. Of this office he has continued as the valued incumbent from 
the time of the organization of the controlling company and it is largely 
due to his ability and effective endeavors that the local water-works sys- 
tem has been maintained at the highest standard of efficiency. 

In politics iMr. Drach is faithful to the principles of the Republican 
party, and in fraternal matters he is affiliated with "Mount ^vloriah Lodge 
No. 77, A. F. & A. M., as well as with the local lodge of the Benevolent 
and Protective Order of Elks. 

In 1898 Mr. Drach was married to Miss Agnes Ethell, who died in 
1906, leaving him one son, — George Henry. He resides at 728 West 
Seventh street. 

Forrest J. Hill. Two of the important industrial enterprises that 
are lending commercial prestige to the city of Anderson, are those repre- 
sented in the Hill Machine Company, and the Hill-Tripp Pump Com- 
pany. Of the first named, Forrest J. Hill is secretary and treasurer, 
and of the latter he is treasurer, as he also is of the Hill Stage Company. 
Mr. Hill is one of the aggressive business men and public spirited citi- 
zens of Madison county, where he is well known and held in high esteem, 
so that there are many reasons why he should be given specific recogni- 
tion in this history of the county and its representative citizens. 

Mr. Hill claims the Buckeye State as the place of his nativity, and 
belongs to a staunch pioneer family. He was born at Carlisle in War- 
ren county on the 31st of August, 1859, and is a sou of Jasper N. and 
Rebecca (Keiser) Hill, the former of whom died at Anderson on July 
1, 1900, and the latter died in ISSl. The name Hill has been long and 
conspicuously identified with general bujsiviess enlerprise in the ciiy of 
Anderson, and Jasper N. Hill was the founder of the extensive concern 
with which his son Forrest J. is now activeh" and prominently idenritied. 
Jasper N. Hill was a native of Pennsylvania, and established his residence 
in Ohio when a young man. He became one of the substantial business 
men of Montgomery county, that state, wi:ere he continued to maintain 
his home until 1862, when the family came to Anderson, Indiana. In 
1889 was effected the organization and incorporation of the Hill ^lachine 
Company, of which he became president, and the other officials were 
likewise members of the famih% namely: Forrest J. Hill, secretary; 
Hugh A. Hill, treasurer, and Ernest N. Hill, superintendent. The pres- 
ent officers of the company are: HugJi A. Hill, president; Forrest -J. 
Hill, secretary and treasurer; and Ernest N. Hill, general manager. The 
Hill Machine Company operates with a capital stock of forty-five thou- 
sand dollars, and its large and well equipped plant is situated at the cor- 
ner of St. Charles and Twenty-third Streets. The main building is one 
hundred and ninety by eighty feet in dimensions, containing the machine 
shop with an extension of sixty-fiVe feet by eighty feet containing foun- 
dry and further extension containing cupola, raitler, flasks, pig iron etc. 
An "L" that is sLxty-five by one hundred and fifty feet in dimensions 
is used for offices and for shipping and crating rooms, as well as for 
the general sales department. The other apartments are the pattern 
shop, pattern storage, boiler room, etc. The manufacturing department 
is equipped with the most improved machinery and power for its opera- 
tion is furnished by electric motors of .seventy-five horse power. In the 
establishment are manufactured steam, electric and power pumps, espe- 
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HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 369 

The products of the Hill Machine Company have gained a wide sale, 
and the trade extends through the various sections of the United States 
as well as into South America and Europe. Jasper N. Hill wa5 num- 
bered among the most progressive business men and the most honored 
citizens of Anderson, and contributed much to the furtherance of the 
civic and industrial prosperity of his community. After his retirement 
from business affairs, he continued to live in Anderson until death came 
as an end of his mortal endeavors, when he was in the fullness of years 
and well earned honors. His career was giiided and governed by the 
highest principles of integrity, he was strong in his convictions and ever 
ready to do his part in supporting m.easures and enterprises advanced 
for the general good of the community. His name is remembered with 
lasting honor in Madison county, and he made his life productive for 
good in its eveiy relation. 

Forrest J. Hill is indebted to the public schools of his native city for 
his earlier educational discipline, after which, he attended the public 
schools of Anderson, completing his studies in the high school. He then 
entered his father's factory, v.'here he gained a thorough knowledge of 
the practical details of the 'business and soon became a valued assistant 
in the conduct and m.anagement of the enterprise. In the field of manu- 
facturing his advancement has been steady, and his ovai ability and 
energy- have won him success. In eveiy respect Mr. Hill has well upheld 
the high prestige of the honored name which he bears. He is one of the 
liberal and representative business men of Anderson, is a staunch Repub- 
lican in his political belief, and takes an abiding interest in all matters 
touching the social and material progress and prosperity of his home city. 

Mr. Hill married Miss Tillie Granger, a daughter of Dow Granger of 
Noblesville, Indiana. The four children of their marriage are : Forrest 
Jr., Hester, Marybelle, and J^Iildred. 

Robert C. Shepherd. \Yhen the late Robert C. Shepherd died on 
November 5, 1904, he was the possessor of one of the finest farm homes in 
Madison county, Indiana, where he had lived for many years and reared 
his family. Probably no man in ^ladison county betrayed a deeper inter- 
est in farms and farming than did he, and it is certain that few if any, 
reached the pinnacle of success as an agriculturist that he attained. The 
study of that subject was long one of the most engrossing interest to him, 
and he possessed a deeper insight into it and was more thoroughly 
familiar with the secrets of Mother Earth than is often given to any 
who are not scientific students of the soil. His splendid farm of 260 
acres near Anderson was long regarded as one of the finest in Madison 
county, and his home corresponded to it in all its detail of comfort and 
capacity. 

Robert C. Shepherd was born in Kent county, Maryland, on August 
24, 1852, and his death occurred at his home place on November 5, 1904. 
He was the son of James and Jane (Clendenning) Shepherd, natives both 
of Maryland, and there they passed their days. The son received his 
education in Kent county, and in his youth was thoroughly trained in 
the carpentering business, in which he was for some years occupied as 
a contractor, and in which he was fairly successful. It was not the 
work, however, in which his heart was centered, and when he came to 
Indiana in early life and beheld about him the splendid opportunities 
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370 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

he relinquislied all ao'tivity in building circles, and confined himself to 
the acquiring and working of a farm of his o\vn. 

Success was never a stranger to Mr. Shepherd. His first three years 
in Indiana were spent in Selina and Chesterfield, and it was then that 
he took up farming. His first place was one of forty acres, but he early 
began to add to his holdings and when he died a few years ago he had 
360 acres of the finest Indiana land represented on his 'tax list. He was 
a man of the most thoroughgoing methods, and one who believed that 
whatever was worth doing at all was worth doing v\'ell. Consequently, 
he did not farm in a half hearted or indifferent manner. He did not 
make the mistake of attempting to successfully conduct a farm without 
acquainting himself with first principles in the art of farming. Rather 
did he delve deep into the subject, learning the comparative values and 
qualities of the difi:'ereut types of soil, and applying his knowledge in 
a manner that was conducive to the best results. His fine home was 
planned and built by himself, and is a distinct credit to him as a builder, 
despite the fact that he abandoned the contracting business to take up 
one that was of deeper interest to him. and more suited to his natural 
inclinations. A man of considerable education, he v.-a.s a citizen of the 
highest type and evtr evinced a proper interest in matters affecting the 
public weal in his community. 

Mr. Shepherd was married on April 10, 1870, to ]Miss Leona Tread- 
way Nelson, the only child of Moses and 3,Iartha Nelson. Seven children 
were born to them. Warren, the eldest, married Anna Dean. Thomas 
C. is married to Mattie Gobin, and they have two children, — Dorothea 
and Beulah. Charles W. married Ira Abbott. Alzora is the wifv- of 
Homer Lawler, and they have one son, William. ]Mae is the wife of 
Daniel Boner, and the mo-^her of two sons, — Robert and Theodore. Jessie 
man-icd Francis Scott, and their two children are Helen Mae and 
Lavona. Bertha, the last born, is the wife of Henry Hawlor, and has 
one daughter, Margaret All have reached places of usefulness and 
merit and are acquitting Themselves honorably in the work to which 
Life has called them variously. 

Mr. Shepherd was an exceptionally public-spirited and enterprising 
man, and was known widely throughout his ciuinty. He was well read 
on topics of the day, an interesting conversationalist, but a thinker and 
doer, rather than a talker. He was long a member of the Methodist 
Episcopal church, and was fraternally identified by his rciembership in 
the Red Men. He died comparatively young in years, being bat little 
past his fifty-second birth anniversary, but he had accomplished more in 
that brief span than many who are longer spared to this world and its 
work, and "v^ill long be remembered as one of the most capable and suc- 
cessful men who ever identified themselves with the business of agricul- 
ture in Madison county. , . 

W. C. Scott. Few men who find pleasure in country life realize more 
solid enjoyment from their work than does W.' C. Scott, well knouTi 
farmer and stock breeder of this community. His work is his recreation 
alike, and in it he exercises every faculty in his possession. As a breeder 
of fine horses ^Ir. Scott is known throughout the state, and he is espe- 
cially well known as the owner of Dan R., one of the fastest horses of the 
country, with a registered speed of 2:01^/4- As a general farmer, too, 
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and his place located on the W. C. Scott Gravel Road, lies about a mile 
and a half distant from the town of Chesterfield. 

Mr. Scott was born on September 32, 1852, in the town named above, 
and is the son of William and Betsey (Schrayer) Scott, the former a 
native son of Lee county, Virginia, who came to this region in the year 
1836 and here settled. He was variously employed in the community 
for some years, and was for a considerable time occupied in railroad 
contracting, a work in which he was particularly successful. Both par- 
ents died in this locality. 

"When Mr. Scott was a boy he early gained habits of independence and 
energy, his first work being that of waterboy to the gang which his farher 
employed in the railroad work. Later he served as pumpman for the 
tank that fed the engines, and he went to school when it was convenient, 
rather than otherwise. He also worked on the fami and did teaming for 
wages, and was occupied in these ways until he reached his twenty- 
second year, when he set out for himself as an independent fanner. He 
rented land the first while and later bought the farm, where he has ever 
since resided most comfortably. Here he has caiTied on his v.'ork and 
with advancing years and growing independence, he has found it pos- 
sible to indulge his fancy for thoroughbred horses, as well as to keep up 
the regular work of his plf.ee. His ownership of the well known Dan R. 
has already been mentioned, and is indicative of his taste in horseflesh. 

In 1875 ]Mr. Scott married Rachel Boddel who died without issue, 
and he later married Hannah Boddel, who bore him three children. 
Luther, the eldest, married Vina Boner; Jacob married Nettie Dunbam, 
and Hannah is the wife of Charles Ovvens. The third marriage of Mr. 
Scott was to ilary A. Parker, and to them have been born tv;o daugh- 
ters. Angeline, the eldest, married William Boner, and tli^y have one 
child, Eva. Elizabeth married Elmer Jeffries, and to them two sons, 
— Walter and Floyd, were born, the first of whom is deceased. 

Beyond his home interests ^Mr. Scott is not concerned with public 
matters, beyond the interest of any good citizen. He is a Republican in 
Politics and attends the Christian church. 

Alonzo D. Norris. Holding prestige as the leading fruit grower of 
Adams township, Alonzo D. Norris has also the distinction of belonging 
to that class of men who have achieved their success through personal 
effort, as he entered upon his career without financial backing or influ- 
ential connections and has worked his way to the front by steady applica- 
tion, untiring industry and constant perseverance. From modest begin- 
nings he has built up a business which adds to the importance of Madison 
county as a fruit-growing center, and at the same time has identified 
himself with all movements which have gone to make for the public 
welfare. IVIr. Norris was born in Henry county, Indiana, November 10, 
1857, and is a son of John C. and Emmeline M. (Bray) Norris, both 
now deceased, the former a native of Ohio and the latter of Adams 
tx)wnship. There were three children in their family, of whom two 
now survive: Cindora, who is the wife of Isaac Keesling and resides 
in Kansas; and Alonzo D. 

Alonzo D. Norris received his education in the district schools of 
Adams township, whence he had been brought as a child, and was her€ 
reared to manhood. In 1878 he was married to Mary F. Stanley, and 
about eighteen months thereafter went to Illinois, where he spent two 
years. Subsequently he went to Kansas, by way of wagon, but after 



372 HISTORY OF MABISON COUNTY 

three years spent in farming in that state returned to Indiana, and 
took up his residence in the city of Anderson. Dui-ing the twelve years 
that followed, Mr. Norris followed the trade of carpenter, with mod- 
erate success, and then spent two years in Henry county, bui about the 
year 1898 returned to Adams township, Madison county. His capital 
at this time consisted of about $100, and part of this he invested in a 
small tract of land, on which he began truck farming. Here he also 
began experimenting in the growing of fruit and was so successful with 
• his initial ventures that he was encouraged to extend his operations 
along this line. From year to year he has extended the scope of this 
industry, and today he has seventeen acres set out in small fruits, prin- 
cipally strawberries and raspberries, and, as before mentioned, is the 
leading fruit grower of the town.ship. His products find a ready sale 
in the markets at Anderson, where I\Ir. Norris is known as a man of 
excellent business abilities. He has made a thorough study of his call- 
ing, is recognized as an expert in his line, and lias been successful in pro- 
ducing some excellent varieties of the smaller fruits. It would be dilB- 
cult to find a better example of self-reliance, progressiveness and per- 
severing energy, than that displayed in the career of Mr. Norris. He 
has met discouragements and disappointments, but has not allowed 
them to make him lose faith in himself, and his steady contldence in 
his_ ultimate success has eventually brought him to the vocation for 
which, it would seem, he is best fitted. In his political views Mr. Norris 
is a Democrat, but he has found little time to devote to matters of a 
public nature, althDUgh he endeavors to support good men and meas- 
ures and to aid other public-spirited men in forwarding mcvemetits for 
the benefit of Adams township and ■Madison county. His fraternal con- 
nections include memberehip in the Improved Order of Red Men. at 
Emporia, and the Hay ilakers at Anderson. 

Mr. and Mrs. Norris are the parents of six children: Herbert; 
Clarence, who is married and lives in Adams tov.'iiship ; George, a mem- 
ber of the cavalry service in the United States army, stationed at a fort 
in Wyoming, Nebraska; Alva, single and living at home; and Ada and 
Gladys. , 

John T. Starr. Adams township can boast of some of the best- 
regulated farms in ^Madison county, and here are also to be found some 
of the most progressive agriculturists of this part of the state. Many 
of these men have been the architects of their own fortunes, and, ap- 
preciating their success because it has been self-gained, take a par- 
donable degree of pride in their own achievements and those of their 
community, and are striving earnestly in behalf of the public welfare. 
Prominent among this class stands John Thomas Starr, who has not 
only won an enviable positioo in agriculture, but has also rendered his 
county signal service in the capacity of sheriff. Mr. Starr was born in 
Henry county, Indiana, November 5, 1852, and is a son of "Wiley and 
Dorcas (Yickerj-) Starr. His father, a native of South Carolina, 
migrated to Henry county, here established himself as a farmer, and 
passed away when John T. was a child. Mrs. Starr was remarried in 
1860, but her second husband died four years later. Three children 
were born to Wiley and Dorcas Starr, namely : John T. ; Joel D.. whu 
served in the Union army throughout the Civil War, subsequently be- 
coming a farmer of Anderson township, where he died in April, 1912, 
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who is the wife of Richard Graham, who was also a soldier in the Union 
ranks. 

John T. StaiT was educated in the district schools of Henry county, 
and was there reared to manhood, continuing to reside in the vicinity 
of his native place until March, 18S2, vvhen he came to Madison county 
and located in Fall Creek township, near Pendleton. Here he com- 
menced to feed and ship stock, and his operations, commenced in a 
humble manner, soon grew to large proportions, and he was recognized 
as one of the substantial men of his community. Since 1898 he has 
devoted the greater part of his attention to general farming in Adams 
township, and is now the owner of a valuable, well-cultivated property. 
He has always been ready to adopt modern methods and ideas in his 
work, understands his business thoroughly, and because of persever- 
ance, far-sightedness and good management has been uniformly suc- 
cessful in all of his ventures. In his political views he is a Republican 
with progressive tendencies. He was three times nominated in conven- 
tion \\'ithout opposition for the office of sheriff and became his party's 
nominee on another occasion, and served in that eapa'-'ity from 1894 to 
1898, giving the people of Madison county an excellent administration 
and bringing to the discharge of his official duties the same enthusiasm 
and well-directed effort that have made him successful in his business 
affairs. He belongs to Sicilian Lodge, No. 234, Knights of Pythias; has 
been connected v/ith the Independent Order of Odd Fellows since 1372, 
and has twice been noble grand of Mechanicsburg Lodge ; and is also 
prominent in j\Iasonry, being a member of ^Madison Lodge No, 44, F. 
& A. M., Pendleton Chapter No. 51, R. A. M., Pendleton Council, R. & 
S. M., and Anderson Comniandery. In all of these he has a wide 
acquaincance and numerous sincere friends. 

Mr. Starr was married to ^Miss Mar>- Ann Pring, who v.'as born and 
educated in Henry county, Indiana, and three children were born to 
this union, of whom two are living in 1913 : James M., born April 21, 
1875, in Henry county, who served four years as deputy sheriff* under 
his father, and is now engaged in the manufacturing business at Ander- 
son; and J. Ward, born in jMadison county, who is a graduate of the 
common and high schools of Anderson and an Indiana University stu- 
dent now teaching in ^ladison county; James if., was married to iMiss 
Maude Aiman, a daughter of Benj. Aiman of Pendleton, and they have 
two children, Frances and Morris. 

James J. NETTER^^LLE. It is highly probable that there are few 
residents of Madison county who are unfamiliar with the name of James 
J. Netterville. His is the name of a man, essentially self-made an<.L the 
term in this instance is used in the broadest application possible, being 
that of one who in early life determined to win success if industry .nid 
good management might be held as factors in the ultimate realization 
of his ambition. "With neither the prestige of family nor the open 
sesame of money to aid him, he has made his way to the front ranks i:i 
the citizenship of Anderson, and is today foremost among business and 
political circles of the city. 

Of Irish birth and parenLage, Mr. Netterville was born in Ireland, on 
February 7, 18 i9. He comes of a family whose paternal ancestors were 
born in that country. The paternal grandfather, Mr. Netterville, was a 
well-to-do farmer and landlord in County Mayo, Ireland, and the fatlier 
was also engaged in the same vocation while he remained on the island, 



374 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

but he migrated to America and settled in Pennsylvania, where he died ^ 
in 1851. Following his deatli, his widow, who was Margaret 2^Iurphy in ; 
her maiden days, took her two children to Canada in the fail of 1851, |. 
and there made her home with her brother, who waii liviiiir soiue sixty | 
miles distant from Toronto. She came to Anderson in 1S87, where j 
she resided until her death. Besides James J., of this review, Airs. 
Netterville had one other son, Frank, who died at the age of four yeai-s. 

Young Netterville continued to live in Canada until Le was twelve 
years old, and at that early age he launclied out in independent life. j 

His first stop was at Detroit, Michigan, and there he was employed 
as check boy at the American Exchange Hotel. After two years he 
went to Chicago, and from. thence to IMilwaukee where he enlisied in 
the regular army, serving three years in the reconstruction days fol- 
lowing the Civif war. At the expiration of his term of service he re- 
turned to Chicago. In that city :Mr. Netterville received employmeiit 
as time keeper in the North Chicago Rolling .Mills, but wlien the works 
were destroyed by fire in 1871, he went to Cincinnati, there accepting 
a position in the 'wholesale and retail dry goods house of H. B. Clafiin 
& Companv. of New York City. It was while thus employed thai he 
met and "married Miss Amanda, the daughter of J?mes and Emily 
(Ross) Smith. She was born in Boone towmship, Madison county, Indi- 
ana, where her parents, who were well knovrn farming people, were 
pioneer settlers. Until 1875 Mr. Netterville continued in Cincinuuti, 
and in that year with his wife he located in Anderson, and engaged 
in the grocery business, investing his entire savings and available capital 
in the business. 

For two. years he continued in that enterprise, but it failed to .neet 
his expectations in any way, so that he decided to dispose of it and for 
some time engaged in farming. This, too, was not sp.tisfactory to Mr. 
Netterville, and he felt a strong inclination to yield to a latent desire 
to studv law. His indecision resulted in his beginning the study under 
the tutelage of C. D. Tnompson, long since deceased, and withm a year 
after he began his studies he was appointed deputy county clerk uu.ler 
R. H. Hannah, then officiating, and continued in the office through ^the 
administration of ^Ir. Hannah's successor, Jesse L. Henry. Alter 
three years of service in the office of deputy clerk, he was appomred 
Deputy Countv Treasurer under George Ross. In these departments 
of public service he was afforded the best possible opportunity to be- 
come acquainted with the people, and so well did he utilize that oppor- 
tunity that the Democratic convention of 1885 nominated him for county 
clerk and he was elected with a majority of 350, despite the fact that 
certain of his fellow candidates for various other offices were mgloriousiy 
defeated, some of them by majorities of four hundred,— a simple state^ 
ment but highly indicative of the position of the man m the esteem o. 
his fellows Mr. Netterville assumed the duties of his office m Ibbb, 
and three years later he was renominated without serious opposition, 
being elected by a pleasing majority. When he was first the incum- 
bent of a public office in Andei-son the population of the city was 4,oiU. 
and during the years of his service the city gi-ew to something hte 
25,000, three deputies being required to carry on the work ot the ottiee 
of county clerk. . ^ ., ^ • , 

In 1887 Mr. Netterville bought the interests or ^mv. Myers, ttien 
Seeretarj- of State, in the WeeUy Democrat and becGme associated m 
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HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 375 

Democrat was launched, and when Mr. Crittenden was appointed post- 
master of Anderson hy ]\Ir. Cleveland, the paper was sold to the Demo- 
crat Company in 1893. 

ilr. Netterville has been identified with the organization and opera- 
tion of a number of the more important enterprises that are now in 
operation in the city, and his relation to many of them today is a highly 
influential one. He was a leader in the organization of the Anderson 
Fuel Company, of which he became secretary, and which was organized 
with a capital stock of $250,000, and owned twenty-five natural gas 
wells. In 1896 he established the Netterville Insurance Agency, a con- 
cern that rapidly assumed generous proportions and can-ied on a large 
and lucrative business in the city. This was afterwards merged with 
the Farmers' Trust Company, one of the leading banking institutions 
of the city, and ^Ir. Netterville is now president of the 'concern, with 
George E. Niehol as secretaiy and treasurer, and A. T. Dye assistant 
secretary-treasurer. 

The ^Maplewood Cemetery Association was another enterprise with 
which j\Ir. Netterville has been conspicuously identified, and as one of 
the promoters of the Association has done excellent work for it since 
the organization was effected. A purchase was made of 300 acres of land 
north of AVhite river and just opposite the city, where is platted and 
maintained one of the most beautiful cemeteries of the state. 3Ir. Netter- 
ville is an. active member of the executive committee, nov," serving as its 
chairman. 

In the line of public service, his name has long been a proniinent 
one. In 1895, when Congress enacted a national incorae tax law, he 
was appointed by President Cleveland collector of that tax in Indiana, 
uiid he served in that capacity until the Supreuie Court dt-clared the 
I.'iw unconstitutional and therefore void. He was chairman of the 
Board of Public AYorks of the City of Anderson from 190? to 1906 
and while serving in that position he planned and constructed the water 
system that now furnishes pure and healthful water to the city. He 
also made such other improvements in the public utilities of tlie city as 
to transform them from a revenue consuming to a revenue producing 
basis. In 1910 Mr.. Netterville was elected to the state legislature as 
.loint senator from the counties of Henry and Madison, and was ap- 
pointed by Governor ^Marshall a member of the legislative visiting com- 
mittee of 1911 to visit the various penal, benevolent, and correctional 
and educational institutions of the state, and make n^eommendations 
as to their financial needs for the biennial period of 1912 and 1913. 
And it is gratifying to add that these duties were so well performed 
that Mr. Nettervilhi was reappointed by the Governor to serve on the 
same committee for the legislature of 1913. He was appointed by the 
Lieutenant-governor to a membership on the Penal Farm Commission, 
of which he was afterward made chairman, and as such visited and 
investigated the work farms and similar correctional institutions in 
the United States and Canada. As a result of this investigation work 
he t'aused a law to be enacted providing for a Penal Farm for the state 
of Indiana, for the detention of short term jail priscnei"S. and this law 
is regarded in the state as the most advanced prison reform measure 
undertaken in Indiana in many years, and it is believed will go far 
towards relieving the state of the odium of the present disgraceful 
i^W and prison system. In the sessions of 1911 and 1913 Mr. Netter- 
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on many important committees in the senate, as weU as servin^r as 
chairman of the joint committees on Ways and :\Ieans of the House 
and Finances of the Senate. 

^ Mr. Netterville is a man who has ever displayed the utmost irterest 
in the securing of industrial establishments for the city of Ande-son 
and has been influential in that- good work to a large extent With 
Colonel Storer he platted Grandview addition of four hundred lots 
which has been long built up and is surrounded by such factories as the 
Anderson Paper Company and the American Wire and Nail Company 
He is the owner of two fine business blocks on Meridian street and 
It IS undeniable that his enterprise along many Hues has materially 
aided in the splendid growth of his home city. 

Mr. Netterville is a member of the Knights of Pvthias the Inde- 
pendent Order of Odd Fellows, the Loyal Order of* Moose and the 
Masonic orders, in which he is well advanced, and he is well known for 
his advanced ideas of fratemalism and brotherhood. Politically, he 
^ a Democrat, as has been stated, and has been active in the party ranks 
for years, serving as Chairman of the County Central Cominittee on a 
number of occasions and on the State Committee. He is known for 
a systematic and effective organizer, as well as a worker of the utmost 
energ:^, and has represented his pai*ly in many state and county con- 
ventions. 

Mr. Netterville was married July loth, 1874, and five children have 
come tp them, three of whom are yet living. Their names, in the order 
of their birth, are as follows: Lorena May, George F., Victor Hugo. 
James J. Jr., and Emily Ptoss. George and Victor are deceased, tie 
former dying at the age of seven and the latter when four years' old. 

The family home, which is one of the finest in the city, is located 
on West Eleventh street. 

Ernest M. Conrad. M. D. One of t]ie old and honored families of 
Madison county, members of which have been prominently identified 
with agricultural pursuits, commercial and industrial activities, and 
the various learned professions since the advent of the first pioneer is 
that of Conrad. Among the worthy representatives of the name is 
Ernest- M_. Conrad, M. D., physician and surgeon of Anderson, whose 
native ability and devotion to his calling have won him high distinction 
in his profession. 

Dr. Conrad was born near Lapel, Madison county, Indiana, February 
20, 1870, the younger of the two sons of Zaehriah and Emma (Wood- 
ward) Conrad. His father, who was born in this county, in lSi5. 
became one of the prosperous farmers of the vicinity of Lapel, and later 
in life turned his attention to mercantile pursuits, in which he achieved 
an equal success. His death occurred in 1894, when the community 
lost one of its most energetic and progressive citizens. 

Ernest M. Conrad secured his early education in the country schools 
near Lapel, and the high school at Anderson. In 1889, he became a 
student in Depauw University at Greencastle, where his studies were 
continued for three years. On leaving college and before preparing 
himself definitely for his profession, he had one year of experience in 
teaching school at Fishersburg. Then began his medical studies in the 
Indianapolis Medical College. From that institution in 1897 he was 
graduated M. D. and practiced at ■\IaxweU until March, 1898, when, 
desiring a wider field for his activities, he moved to Anderson. The 



HISTORY OF IVIADISON COUNTY 377 

success that lias atteuded Dr. Conrad's efforts demonstrates his excel- 
lent choice of a profession. He is a close student of his calling, keeps 
fully abi-east of the advancements that are continually being made in 
the science of medicine, his knowledge is comprehensive and accurate, 
aud his skill is demonstrated in the excellent success which has attended 
his efforts in the sick room. He possesses marked judgment and dis- 
cernment in the diagnosing of disease, and is peculiarly successful in 
anticipating the issue of complications. Along professional lines he is 
connected with the Madison County ^Medical Society, the Indiana State 
Medical Society, and the American ]\Iedicai Association, also having 
membership with the Delta Upsilon College Fraternity. To no small 
degree the success of Dr. Conrad has been due to his constant study and 
ambition to keep abreast with the advance in medical knowledge. 
Hardly a day passes in which he does not add something to his knowl- 
edge and experience by personal observation and study, and he has also 
taken three post-graduate courses, one in the College of Physicians and 
Surgeons of New York City, and one in the New York Post-graduate 
school, and another in the Harvard ^ledicai College. At the present 
time Dr. Conrad is giving special attention to internal medicine and 
diseases of children. For seven years his professional services were 
also directed to the public welfare as a member of the boa,rd of health 
and for four years he sei^-ed as coroner of ^ladison county, having been 
elected on the Republican ticket. 

Dr. Conrad has long been one of the Republican leaders in ]Madison 
county. From 1902 to 1906 he v/as chairman and secretaiy of the 
Republican County Central Committee, and in 1908 again became chair- 
man. Fraternally his relations are with the BeiT^volent and Protective 
Order of Elks, and the local lodge of the Woodmen of the "World, in 
both of which orders, he has numerous friends, as he has in all social 
circles of Anderson. The doctor, besides his professional activities, has 
interested himself in agriculture, being ov»-ner of a fine farm of one hun- 
dred and twenty acres in Anderson township. 

In 1897 Dr. Conrad married Mhs Charity L. Gwinn of Madison 
county, a daughter of Harvey Gwdnn, an old resident and highly 
esteemed citizen. To Dr. and Mrs. Conrad has been born one daughter; 
Bernice E. Conrad. The present family residence is located at 2124 
Meridian Street. 

Silas R. Mauzy. The career of Silas R. Mauzy, of Adams township, 
is illustrative of what may be accomplished by the man of energy and 
'industry, for from small beginnings he has built up a business that has 
grown to such proportions as to give him the distinction of being the 
largest shipper of livestock in Madison county. Not only has he gained 
prestige in the business world, but in public life and social circles he 
has won equal prominence, and no man in his section stands higher in 
general public esteem. Mr. i\Iauzy was bom on a farm in Rush county, 
Indiana, May 30, 1846, and is a son of Cornelius C. and Sarah (Gar- 
retson) Mauzy. 

Silas V. Mauzy, the grandfather of Silas R. of this sketch, was born 
in Kentucky, and in young manhood came to Indiana with his first wife, 
R+ibecea Mauzy. After her death he returned to his native state and 
there married a Miss Barnes, and ance more came to Indiana, settling 
in Rush county, w^here both passed away. Cornelius C. Mauzy was 
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being reared by his step-mother in Rush county. After his marriage, 
which occurred in Rush county, he came to Madison county in 1S52,— 
and settled on a farm in Adams township, there spending the remainder 
of his life in agricultural pursuits. He became one of the substantial 
men of his community, engaged in general farming and stock dealing, 
and at the time of his death was the owner of 192 acres of good land. 

Silas R. Mauzy was six years of age when he accompanied his par- 
ents to Adams township, and here he secured his education in the dis- 
trict schools during the short winter months, his summers being given 
to the work on the home farm. Thus he became a thoroughly practical 
agi-iculturist and expert stock dealer, and the latter occupation he has 
made his life work. "When he commenced his operations were carried 
on on a modest scale, but gradually his business expanded, each year 
seeing him widen the scope of his dealings, until he is now justlv 
acknowledged to be the largest handler of^ stock in ^Madison county, 
buying _ cattle in St. Louis, Kansas City and Chicago, feeding them, 
and shipping them to the various markets all over the country. ^Vn 
idea of the extent of this enterprise may be gained from the fact that his 
business has run as high as $oS4,000 per annum, ilr. Mauzy is known 
as a skillful man of business, quick to grasp an opportunity, ever ready 
and alert, but always fair and above-board in all his dealings. He has 
won the confidence of his associates and those v/ho have had trans- 
actions with him, and his reputation is that of a man of business integ- 
rity and personal probity. He has invested his means wisely in land, 
owning 300 acres in Adams township, 140 acres being in the home farm. 
This has been developed into one of the valuable properties of Adams 
to^-nship and shows the care and good management which are 
expended upon it. 

Mr. Mauzy was married first to ^Miss Lou Ann Gilmore, who died 
leaving one child : Fay, who became the wife of Woody Cooper, and is 
a graduate of the tov/nship schools. On July 3, 1S92."' :\[r. yrj^uzy was 
married to Jerusha Biddle, who was bom in "Adams tov.nship, Madison 
county, Indiana, and is a sister of the Hon. Charles Biddle. ^ One child 
has been bom to Mr. and Mrs. Mauzy; Cophine, who is a graduate of 
the township schools and is now in her third year in the Pendleton 
High school. 

'~'Mr. Mauzy has taken a prominent part in fraternal work, and at 
this time is a popular member of Mechanicsburg Lodge Free and 
Accepted ^^.lasons, Pendleton Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, No. 51, and 
Pendleton Council, R. & S. M. He also belongs to th-e Improved Order 
of Red Men, the Haymakers' Lodge, Active Lodge No. 746, Independ- 
ent Order of Odd Fellows, in which he is past noble grand, Baruier 
Lodge No. 416, Knights of Pythias, at Anderson, and the Ancient Order 
of United Workmen, in which he carries an insurance policy of $2,000. 
In his political belief he was. a Republican until the campaign, when 
he cast his fortunes with the new Progressive party. His interest in 
politics, however, is only that taken by every good citizen, as he has 
been too busy with his private affairs to enter the public arena. Good 
men and measures receive his hearty support, and he is justly consid- 
ered one of his section's representative, public-spirited citizens. 

Lewis Johnson. Prominent among the highly esteemed agricul- 
turists of Madison county who have won success through the medium 
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township is deserving of more than passing mention in a work of this 
nature. He has been a lifelong resident of this township, and has 
witnessed and participated in the remarkable growth and development 
of its interests, which have changed it during this time from v;hat was 
little more than a wilderness into one of the most flourishing and pros- 
perous sections of the Hoosier State. Mr. Johnson was born in Adams 
toTvnship, Madison county, Indiana, July 30, 1846, and is a son of 
James and Amanda (Johnson) Johnson. 

James Johnson was born in Jackson county, Kentucky, and as a 
young man came to ^Madison county and located in Adams township, 
having a farm on Fall Creek, where he spent his entire life. Here he 
was married to Jane Johnson, who was born in Greenbrier county, Vir- 
ginia, and came to Madison county in 1835, and she died when Lewis 
Johnson was still a babe. Mr. Johnson, being thus deprived of mater- 
nal care, was reared to manhood by his maternal grandmother, and 
received his education in the district schools, although the greater part 
of his schooling in his youth was in the school of hard work. He was 
taught the numerous duties necessary for the good farmer to know, 
and when about twenty-one years embarked upon a career of his ovm, 
renting land, carrying on general farming, and engaging to some extent 
in cattle trading, which later occupation he has followed off and on 
during his entire career. Being sober, honest and indust?.-ious, he man- 
aged to accumulate enough money with which to purchase his first piece 
of property, and as the years have passed he has added to this from time 
to time, as his finances have pennitted, and has erected new buildings 
and made other improvements on this land. This has resulted in the 
development of a handsome farm, the appearance of which shows its 
owner to be a man of intelligence and thrift, an able agri.mlturisc and 
an experienced manager, while his sleek, well-fed cattle give evidence 
of his ability and good judgment in the line of stock raising. He has 
always been ready to embrace new ideas and methods, believes firuily in 
the use of modem machinery, and is justly considered one of the most 
progressive men of his section. 

Mr. Johnson ^\•as married to ^Miss Martha A. Slaughter, who was born 
in Madison county, Indiana, a daughter of James and Rebecca (Fessler) 
Slaughter. The father was a native of Chester county, Pennsylvania, 
and came to this county when he was eight years old. His father, John 
Slaughter, entered land from the government. Two children were born 
to James Slaughter and his wife, John, living in this county, and 
Martha, who became ]Mrs. Johnson. The Slaughters are an old pioneer 
family here. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Johnson there have been 
born four daughters and two sons, as follows : Carey A. ; Cora B. ; Georgi- 
anna, a graduate of the Adams township public schools and the Pendleton 
High school, who also took a course in the State University and is now 
engaged in teaching in Adams township ; Everett L., a graduate of the 
Pendleton High school and the State University, and also an Adams 
township school teacher; Stella, who has been given a good education, 
and now resides at home with her parents ; and James L., who is engaged 
in farming in Adams townsliip. 

In fraternal circles. Mr. Johnson is known as a valued member of 
Ovid Lodge No. 164, Free and Accepted ^Easons. He is a man of broad 
and liberal views, tolerant of the opinions of others. By his own in- 
dustry he has won 'himself a competence and has reared a family that 
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filling honorable places. Politically a Democrat, he has manifested a 
commendable interest in affairs that affect his community, and in addi- 
tion to serving as assessor and deputy assessor acted as door-keeper in 
the Fifty-third General Assembly of Indiana, in 1913. His wide circle 
of friends testiSes to his popularity, in which his wife and children 
share. 

Amos Underwood. About the best means by which a man can estab- 
lish the highest credit for integrity and good citizenship, is to maintain 
a long residence in one locality, where ail his neighbors knovr him under 
a great variety of circumstances, test his reliability and still continue 
to sustain him as a valued and valuable citizen. It is through this test 
that Amos Underwood has been judged one of the leading agriculturists 
of Adams township, while his reputation as a citizen is equally higli. 
He is now the owner of a well-cultivated property, situated on the north- 
east one-quarter of section 31, where he has ever borne a reputation for 
integrity in business dealings and probity of character. Mr. Underwood 
was born 2darch 20, 1858, in Hamilton county, Indiana, and is a son 
of John and Catherine (Thomas) Underwood. 

Am.os and ^lary Unden\'cod, the paternal grandparents of Amos 
Underwood, were natives of Pennsylvania, and some time after their 
marriage migrated to Clinton county, Ohio, where they spent the re- 
mainder of their careers in agricultural pursuits. They had children 
as follows : Amos, Reuben, Isaac, John, Zephauiah, Edward, "William, 
Elisha, Percilla, Laura and Elihu. the last named of whom is still a 
resident of Clinton county, Ohio, and owns the old homestead place. 

John Underwood, father of Amos of this r-jview, Vv^as born in High- 
land county, Ohio, and was tiiere married to Catherine Thomas, a native 
of Green county, that state. About the year 1852 they migrated to 
Hamilton county, Indiana, locating in Adams township, where they 
continued to reside until their deaths. In addition to farming, Mr. 
Underwood was a crrpenter, a millwi-ight and the proprietor of a mill, 
built the first steam sawmill in Adams township, and was always knov;n 
as an industrious, energetic and successful man of busine?^. He was a 
faithful member of the Friends Church. He and his wife had eleven 
children, as follows: Rebecca, who died in infancy; Mary E., v/ho also 
died as a babe ; Lydia, who is the widow of John C. Kassabaum; Reuben, 
who died at the age of seven years; Benjamin, who died in infancy; 
Josephine, who became the v.-ifc of Charles Thistiethwaite ; Percilla, who 
is the widow of Eli Hutchins; Harriet, who became the wdfe of Lenu 
Ragon; Amos; John T., who is married and a farmer; and Hannibal, 
who is deceased. 

Amos Underwood was reared on his father's farm, and during his 
youth worked on the home place during the summer months, his educa- 
tional advantages being limited to occasional attendance at the district 
schools during the short winter terms. He was early put to work at 
farming, plowing, plainting, grubbing and harvesting, and the thousand 
and one things that are found to occupy the time of an Indiana farmer's 
son, thus thoroughly learning the duties of an agriculturalist which 
have been of such great benefit to him in later life. He also was employed 
in a tile mill in his youth, and aft^r attaining his majority operated 
a mill of that kind for a period of five years. 

Mr. Underwood was married June 14, 1888, to Alice M. Davis, who 
was born in Fail Creek township, Madison county, Indiana, February 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 381 

2S, 1S65, a daughter of Washicgton Davis and Mary Davis, and was 
educated in the Spring Valley school. To this union there have been 
born two children: John TV., born March 24, 1892, a graduate of th© 
common schools of Madison county, single, and engaged in agricultural 
pursuits in Adams township; and Maiy C., born February 24, 1895, a 
gradute of the com'non schools and Pendleton High School, and now 
a student in Earlham College, ilrs. Underwood is a member of the 
Friends Church. Her husband is a member of Sicilian Lodge No. 234, 
Knights of Pythias. In politics he is a Prohibitionist, and has been 
active in the ranlis of his party in matters of local importance. In 
addition to his home farm in Adams township, he has a weLl-cultivated 
tract of eighty acres in section 27, Fall Creek to\vnship. As a general 
farmer and stock raiser, he has met with uniform success in his various 
operations, and is acknowledged to be a practical agriculturist and 
excellent judge of livestock. During his long residence here, he has 
made numerous friends, and no man stands higher in the general esteem 
of the community. 

Samuel Q. Maekle. During the past twenty years Adams town- 
ship has been the field of endeavor of Samuel Qaincy Markle, a man 
of energv' and push, who has been influential in business, political and 
social circles, and y,'ho has added materially to the growth and develop- 
ment of this section of Madison county. He belongs to one of the old 
and honored families of this part of the state, whose members have 
been noted for their honesty, their integrity, as well as for their promi- 
nent connection with commercial, agricultural and professional activities. 
As a worthy representative of this name, he is worthy of and receives 
the esteem of his fellow-citizens. 

John Markle, the paternal grandfather of Samuel Q. Markle, A,vas 
a native of New York State, and in young manhood came to ^Madison 
county, here becoming a pioneer farmer. He became well known to the 
citizens of this vicinity, arose to a position of prominence, and eventually 
the town was named in his honor, Markle ville. Among his children 
was Samuel ^Markle, the father of Samuel Q. Samuel Markle followed 
in the footsteps of his father, taking up agricultural pursuits, and fol- 
lowed this vocation throughout a long and honorable career. He married 
liliss Ann Riggs, and they had a family of eleven children, of whom 
eight are living in 1913 : Laura, who became the wife of Mahlon Maine ; 
Madeline, who is the wife of Jacob Swingle ; Loretta, who married Jacob 
Keesling; Delia, who became the wife of Harry Blake; Ella, the wife 
of D. Fesler ; Quincy ; James and Henry. 

Samuel Quincy Markle, or Quincy Markle as he is better known, 
was reared on the farm of his birth, situated about one and one-half 
miles north of Markleville, and there received his education in the dis- 
trict schools. He was reared to the work of the home farm, and as 
was the custom of farmers' youths of his day and locality spent the 
long summer months in assisting his father and brothers on the home- 
stead, his opportunities for an education being limited to the short winter 
terms in the nearby schools. He was ambitious and industrious, made the 
most of his chances, and thus acquired a good fund of practical knowl- 
edge. In 1892, with his three brothers, James, Henry and Albert, the 
last-named of whom is now deceased, he entered the sawmill business. 
None of the brothers at that time had much money to invest, but a small 
mill was purchased for $400, for a part of which sum they went into debt, 



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382 HISTORY OF j^IADISON COUNTY | 

and out of this humble beginning has grown the large enterprise that 
now bears their name. In addition to the large sawmill located near 
Markleville, they are now the owners of farms near tluit place, to the 
east, deal extensively in lumber, and have carried on much profitable 
contract work. Mr. Markle is recogDized by his associates as a shrewd, 
astute man of business, with the ability to recognize an opportunity, 
the courage to grasp it, and the business capacity to carry it through 
to a successful termination. His career has been but another example 
of the successful business man coming from the farm, and through his 
achievements he has won the right to the title of self-made man. 

In 1888, Mr. Markle was united in marriage with iliss Eva J. Van- 
Dyke, and to this union there have been born six children, namely; 
Merle, Oren, Florence, Agnes, AYard and Paul. Mr. ^Markle is a con- 
sistent member of the Baptist Church, which his wife and children also 
attend, and which all the members of the family have liberally supported. 
His fraternal connection is with Markleville 'Lodge No. 629, Free and 
Accepted Masons, in which he has a number of warm friends. In his 
political views he is independent, believing in exercising his prerogative 
of voting for the man he deems best fitted for the office, irrespective of 
party lines. His interest in poliiicb has been only tliat of a good cirizen, 
but he has never withheld his support from any measure or uiovenient 
which his judgment has told hini will eventually work out for the better- 
ment of the community in which he has made his home all of his life. 
Adams township has no more representative or popular citizen. 

John "W. Lambert, originator of the famous Lambert Patented 
Friction Transmission, and treasurer and general manager of the Buck- 
eye Manufacturing Company. The "Sage of East Aui'ora" has said: 
"To achieve fame, seek out an unpopular cause tiiat you know is right; 
then work for it, live for it, die for it." There Ls sonn^thing reflecting 
this thought underlying the struggles of tiiose pioneers of industrial 
progress who have had the hardihood to disagree with established ideas 
and processes and substitute for them new methods and revolutionary 
inventions. Through years of discouragement and ridiculf, Alexander 
Bell brought his telephone to final public acceptance, and today many 
wiU agree that he is the greatest benefactor of modern business. But 
. a short time ago, Peter Cooper built a locomotive and dreamed of trans- 
continental traffic. Luxurious trains now take us from New York to 
San Francisco in five days — a forceful tribute to the far-sightedness 
of this pioneer who dared work against public sentiment that the wheel? 
of progress might revolve with greater speed. There are those li^-ing 
who laughed at the "impossible" invention of Samuel Morse, ^e all 
remember the public skepticism that preceded the epoch-making- achieve- 
ment of Marconi. 

The point is that these men, with scores of others like them, believed 
in their ideas and fought for them through every sort of discouragement 
until success and approval finally smiled upon them. From their efforts 
we draw a lesson that, even in our smaller, more prosaic undertaki'igs. 
cannot fail to leave its impress upon our work. Things worth while 
seldom come easily or over night. And just as there seems to be some- 
thing inherent in mankind that scoffs at the attempts of our giant 
brothers to overturn established practices, just so does it seem to be 
the habit of the big men of all times to keep on and on. unmindful of 
discouragements, overcoming barriers, hopeful and confident of making 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 383 

their dreams come true. Big men are attracted to the big problems. 
Bridge building, canal digging, railroad construction, and, more re- 
cently, automobile building, have drawn the daring masters of com- 
merce, the seekers after the romantic in business. 

Even in the pioneer days of the automobile business, certain conven- 
tions of construction were established. Some of these were uprooted 
early to be succeeded by the improvements that necessarily follow in 
the rapid development of a new world — industry. Others, though thought 
b}^ many to be basicly wrong, held on and even to this day few have had 
the hardihood to attempt the changes that mean so much opposition 
on the part of those who decry a disturbance of set methods. But the 
business, since its inception, has attracted man^^ men who have not been 
content to build on the ideas of others. For the most part they have 
played "the game for the game's sake." They have found no joy or 
profit in their work except as they might discover faults and remedies 
for them; except as they mig'lit plan innovations and, after a hard 
struggle, put them ''over the plate." 

Twenty years ago — almost a life-time as things are reckoned in the 
automobile world — a man of this t\^De began building a self-propelled 
vehicle at Anderson, Indiana, where he was already regarded as one 
of the successful manufacturers of the town. To be sure, he .did not 
spend his time experimenting with a conventional car. Cut and dried 
methods did not appeal to him in the least. It was a three-wheeler to 
which he turned his thoughts and his inventive capacities. And he 
built a successful three-wheeled car, only to abandon the idea, as a 
whole, on the grounds that his deeper study of the market failed to 
show him the necessary commercial possibilities of a vehicle of that 
type. But that abandoned three-wheel enterprise formed the founda- 
tion of a business today grovv'n to sturdy proportions. The present 
Lambert pleasure cars and power wagons, knovv-n wherever automobiles 
are bought and sold, are its proud successors in the aft'eetions and in- 
terests of the man whose name they bear, John Lambert. Even during 
the time he was trying to perfect a three- wheeled car that would be 
practicable and marketable, Mr. Lambert had his attention focused 
upon certain features of conventionable automobile construction that he 
knew to be sources of certain trouble and confusion, and which he in- 
tuitively felt could and should be remedied. Many improvements, now of 
universal adoption, are products of his thought and industry; but, 
without doubt, his most important invention is what is novv^ known in 
the trade as "The Lambert Patented Friction Transmission." 

In his earlier work, Mr. Lambert used in the cars he built the usual 
type of gear transmission. That he abandoned it is, in itself, a forceful 
argument in favor of the simpler form of transmitting power from 
engine to driving mechanism, based on the time-tried principle of fric- 
tion. His mechanical mind grasped the idea that the tendency in auto- 
mobile construction should be toward simplicity. He foresaw that a 
universal use of power-driven vehicles depended upon a reduction of 
up-keep and maintenance costs, rather than upon a lowered cost of 
tirst production of selling piiees. He knew that there were thousands 
of men who could afford to buy a car, but who could not afford to 
run the gauntlet of expense necessary to maintain one. based on the 
then tremendous outlay for broken and worn-out parts due to compli- 
cated construction and to the lack of mechanical knowledge and skill 
of those who wished to do their own driving. This amounted to a con- 



384 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

viction, and lie decided at once to begiu the expenuieutal' work that has 
since resulted m the perfection of the simple, powerful, fool-proof and 
saie Lambert friction transmission. The greatest difiiealties encountered 
in attaining success for his product lay more in convincing the public of 
i^-^xK^'^^-® ^^^^ ^ perfeuting it, mechanically— just a repetition of the 
diliiculties that the pioneers of progress have been up against fo^ aU 
time. 

Practically all other builders of automobiles employed the gear tvpe 
of transmission. Many of them, due to the treme'ndous popularity of 
the automobile itself, and the unexpected demand that characterized its 
earlier history, were highly successful from the standpoint of lar^'e 
output and high profits. People unfamiliar with mechanics aud m°e- 
chanical prmciples reasoned that if the friction type of transmission 
had such extraordinary- advantages as were claimed for it, why were not 
these large builders using it? 

Naturally, those v/ho had automobiles to sell wauted to sell th^ir 
own. They laughed at the Lambert form of transmission. Many 
knocked" it outright without reason or thought; others damned it 
with lamt praise ; all refused to see, or at least to recoguize its superior 
points until there grew up among users, dealers and manufacture^* a 
prejudice against it. But this did not, by any means, discoura':^^ ^he 
Lamberts. Though theirs was the only coneeni using this tvansniissiou 
innovation ; though they vrere compelled to fight this commercial battle 
alone and unaided, they knew the principle of their invention as well as 
the application was right; and they knew that ultimately a proper and 
just recognition would come. That correct theory- aud right judgment 
will rise to The surface of universal usage is an inexorable law. And so 
they continued to employ in their pleasure cars their simp^j friction 
device. Each year saw an increasing output ; each season^ a o-mwin'^ 
tendency toward gi-eater public favor. They 'built into every part of 
then- product an honesty of intent and purpose that gradaally won 
for them an honorable standing, not only among those whr used thei^ 
ear, but among competing manufacturers as well. They built strain- 
bearing parts more heavily; they sought to simplify construction 
wherever it could be done without sacrifice of strength or effieiencv; 
^they used better materials than most of the manufacturers who pro- 
^-duced cars of their price— better iron, better steel, better tires, better 
"" axles. 

Early and late, season after season, they planned to build each car 
better than its predecessor, to produce a line of models that would 
more nearly than any other, meet the needs and requirements of those 
•to whom they sought to sell. Today finds their plant a busv hire of 
^industry, filled with an army of hurrying worlcmen, behind orders nearly 
every day in the year, and with plans for expansion and increased output 
that will satisfy the hundreds of dealers who are clamoring for their 
line. 

_ Today .we find the old prejudice against the friction system of trans- 
mission practically laid to rest among the other ghostly impediments of 
progress, with scores of successful manufacturers of both pleasure and 
commercial cars adopting it without fear of outcome, and the Lamberts 
fighting in the courts of the land to retain, under their patents, the fruits 
of their labors and brains. The very disputing of their claims may b^^ 
taken as a public recognition of the worth of their invention. 

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son. he lias seen the town grow into an importaut center for the produc- 
tion, not only of tinished accessories and parts of varied character and 
large output that have won well merited fame and found their way 
into the wide markets of the world, hut of cars other than his ovm. 

John W. Lambert was bora iri Champaign county, Ohio, January 29, 
1860, son of George and Anna (Liber) Lambert, natives of Pennsyl- 
vania and early settlei"s of the Buckeye State. He received his education 
in the public schools of his native state, and then went to Union City, 
where he formed a partnersliip with his father, and under the firm style 
of J. W. Lambert & Company, engaged in the manufacture of fork 
handles and spokes. Subsequently, he moved to Ohio City, where he 
was for some time. He conducted an agricultural implement store and 
grain elevator, and in 1893, came to Andei-son from Union City, moving 
a part of the machinery from the plant at that place to Anderson, this 
being the nucleus for the present plant. This now covers six acres, 
is brick construction, and equipped with the most modern machinery of 
every kind, 2-50 people being employed in the works. In 1893 it was 
incorporated under the finn name of the Buckeye Manufactiu-ing Com- 
pany and the Lambert Gas and Gasoline Engine Company, and recently 
the plant has been equipped for the manufacture of automobiles, a 
very superior car being turned out. The capital stock of this concern 
is $100,000. and the preseni officers are as follows: B. F. Lambert, presi- 
dent ; George A. Lambert, secretary ; John "W. Lambert, treasurer and 
general manager. Among his associates John "W. Lambert is known as 
a man of force of will, possessed of the courage of his convictions. It 
will be seen from a perusal of the foregoing sketch that faith in self 
and indomitable perseverance have no small place in his character, 
qualities that have unlocked for him the portaV~ of success and brought 
out some of its rich treasures. Aside from his business his chief pleas- 
ure is his home, and his handsome city residence, located at No. 705 
Hendricks street, and surrounded by beautifrl shade trees, is one of 
the finest in the city. 

In 1884 Mr. Lanj.bert was married to Miss Marv- F. Kelly, of Ansonia, 
Ohio, daughter of T. T. Kelly. Two children have been born to this 
union, namely: E. ^loe and Roy, who are associated with their father in 
business. They are manufacturers of gas engines, stationary and port- 
able farm tractors and commercial motor trucks, railroad inspection 
cars and gasoline street cars. 

Henry P. Hap.die. Among the capable public officials of Madison 
county who are discharging the duties of high public positions with 
fidelity and efficiency, none is held in higher esteein than Henry P. 
Hardie, the postmaster of Anderson, a man who has long been identified 
with the business interests of the city. He is a native of England, 
born at "Woolwich in county Kent, in February, 1867. His parents were 
Henry and Mary (Johnson) Hardie, natives of England, the former 
being for a number of years employed in the Illinois Steel Company's 
works at Joliet, Illinois. He came to Anderson in 1889 and secured 
employment in the steel and nail works here, continuing with that 
company until his death, in 1905. His widow stiil survives, and now 
makes her home in Anderson. 

lienrv' P. Hardie was brought to the United States by his parents 
when still a child, and his education was secured in the public and high 
schools of Joliet, Illinois. After his graduation from the latter he was 



386 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

employed for five years in the steel mills at Joliet. In 1889 he came 
to Anderson and was inade foreman of the shipping department of the 
rolling mill, a position v.-hich he held for eleven years. In 1900 he 
became the bookkeeper for the Ten-e Haute Brewing Company, a posi- 
tion which he continued to fill for six years, then becoming assistant 
manager of the business. In 1906 he was appointed city comptroller 
of the city of Anderson, under Mayor J. H. Terhune, and acted in thai 
capacity for three years, and Mr. Terhune then dying Mr. Hardie by 
virtue of his office became mayor and filled out the unexpired term 
of one year. On the completion of his term as mayor he embarked in 
the real estate and fire insurance business with a ilr. Luse, under the 
firm style of Luse & Hardie, and this association has continued with 
mutual success to the present time. Mr. Hardie assumed his duties as 
postmaster of Anderson in 1912, for a term of four years, and has been 
rendering his city excellent service in the handling of the mails. A 
courteous, obliging ofiieial, with a high conception of the duties of public 
service, he has made an excellent record, and Anderson has had no 
more popular public servant. For eight years he also served as police 
comtnissioner, under two appointinents by Go^'ernor ]\Iount, and a third 
under Governor Durbin. He is a Republican in his political views, but 
he has friends among all political parties. 

On the 14th of October, 18S9. I\Ir. Hardie was united in marriage 
with Miss Susan Harris, of Anderson, a daughter of Richard Harris,^ 
an old and honored resident of this city and who for many years was 
manager of the Steel "Wire and Nail Works. One sou has been bom 
to jNIr. and jVIrs. Hardie, Harrv^ R., who is now engaged in the real 
estate and insurance business in this city. Mr. Hardie has for a number 
of years been prominent in ^Masonry, and now holds membership in Mt. 
Moriah Lodge, No. 77. A. F. & A. M. ; Anderson Chapter, No. 52. R. A. 
M. ; Ander.-!on Comniandery, No. 32, K. T. ; and Murat Temple, A. A. 
0. N. M. S.. Indianapolis. He is also a member of Anderson Lodge, No. 
209, B. P. 6. E., and Banner Lodge, No. 416, K. of P. He is a member 
of the First Church of Christy Scientist, of Anderson. 

"~ C. B. Pendleton, M. D. Among the men of Madison county v/hc 
have won positions of prestige in various lines of endeavor through the 
exercise of native ability, good judgment and constant integrity. Dr. C. 
B. Pendleton, of Adams township, holds prominent place. A member of 
a family that had been connected with the growth and development 
of this section for more than eighty years, he has steadfastly maintained 
the family reputation for public spirit and personal probity, and no 
man stands in higher esteem in the medical profession, in agricultural 
affairs or in public life. He was born on the home farm in Adams town- 
ship, Madison county, Indiana, which had been entered in 1830 by his 
paternal grandfather, John B. Pendleton. His father, A. E. Pendleton, 
was born in 1830 on this farm, was here reared and educated, and on 
growing to manhood was married to ilary A. Richwine, by whom he 
had nine children, of whom four are living in 1913 .- Dr. C. B. ; C. V., 
who makes his home at Rochester, Indiana ; Dr. 0. F., a retired dentist 
now living in Nortiiem California; and Nina J., who is the wife of John 
J. McClure, of Los Angeles, California. 

Curtis Bern Pendleton attended the district schools during the 
winter terms, and in the summer months assisted his father in the 
work of the home farm. Subsequently he became a student in the 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 387 

National Normal school at Lebanon, Ohio, and for some years thereafter 
was eng'aged in teaching public schools in Henry, Madison and Fulton 
counties. Later, deciding upon a medical career, he entered the Physio- 
Medical College of IndiaTia, and after his graduation therefrom entered 
upon the practice of his profession at ^lechaniesburg, Indiana, where 
he remained for twenty years. Following this he became a farmer and 
for eight years was engaged in tilling the soil of Adams township. 
Although he had always been an independent voter, on i\Iay 13, 1912, 
he was elected trustee of Adams township on the Republican ticket, 
and has continued to hold this office to the present time. At the time 
of his election he located at ]Markleville, where he discharges the duties 
of his ofSce and looks after the needs of a large and representative med- 
ical practice. He was a member of the Firet District ^Medical Associa- 
tion, and at one time was president of the State Physio-Medical Asso- 
ciation, of which he is still a member. He also holds membership in 
Mechanicsburg Lodge, No. 327, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in 
which he is past noble grand, is also a member of the Encampment, 
and with his wife is a member of the Rebekahs, in which she is past 
noble grand. Dr. Pendleton is the owner of eighty acres of laud ancl his 
wife of seventy acres, all this property being under a high state of cul- 
tivation. It is devoted principally to general farming, but they have 
also had success in breeding stock, principally thoroughbred Duroc 
hogs. As a physician Dr. Pendleton is a close student, an able practi- 
tioner and a steady-handed surgeon, and as such has become widely 
known in the ranks of his profession, holding a high place in the esteem 
of his confreres and that of the public at large. 

Dr. Pendleton was married to ^liss Flora B. Reed, daughter of Dr. 
W. C. Reed, of ilechaniesburg. She was born in Henry county, Indiana, 
and there educated in the district schools, subsequently taking a course 
in the Mechanicsburg schools. Three children have been bot-n to Dr. 
and ilrs. Pendleton: Dorothy F., a graduate of the Middletoa High 
school and later a teacher, is now the wife of C. R. Kecsling. of New 
York City. Leo E. married Miss Hallie Painter, a graduate of the 
Hartford City, Indiana, schools, and subseciueutly a teacher therein, 
daughter of Joseph Painter, of Hartford City. They have one child, 
Lois E. George H., who pursued the agricultural course in Purdue 
University, and is now engaged in farming in Adams township. He 
married Miss Agnes Copeland, of Hancock county, Indiana, who was 
formerly a high school teacher. The members of this family are all 
widely known and highly respected in Madison county, where their 
friends are only limited to the number of their acquaintances. 

Thomas Jenkins Doty, a well known farming man and a pioneer 
resident of Green township, Madison county, was born near the place 
where he now makes his home, on August 25, 1838. He is the son of 
John and Sarah A. (Parsel) Doty, both natives of Pennsylvania, who 
came to IMadison county some time prior to 1838, and here lived the 
remainder of their lives. John Doty entered government land and 
established a home on the virgin soil of Indiana, ultimately gaining a 
prominent place in the agricultural activities of the county in v/hich 
he located with his family. He became the father of nine children, two 
of which number are living at the present tinje (1913). One of the 
two is Margaret Doty, who never married, and who makes her home 
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388 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

Thomas J. Doty was reared on the farm where he now lives and his 
early education was received in the local schools, being somewhat limited 
m Its scope as a result. He helped his father to 'improve the government 
homes ead upon which they settled, and in time, as owner of the plac^ 
came to reap the further benefits of his early years of toil on th^e o?d 
farm. He continued with his mother until he had become of a-e his 
father having died when he was a boy of tender years, and set oui for 
himself in he .f tmties ot life. With the call of President Lincoln for 
troops m April, 1861, Mr. Doty was among the first to respond, and 
he was with Captain Edwards in Company B of the Second Indiana 
Cavalrv-., He took an active part at Chickamagua and remained in the 
service until the end of the war, being one of those to receive a pension 
from the government for his service at that crucial time. Upon the 
close of the war he settled down to farm life once more, and thouc^h h- 
was utterly lacking m capital, he met with success in the ngiicuftural 
mdus ry. In recent years he has been retired from active farm life 
but still retains his fine place of one hundred and fortv-six acres in 
(xreen township. " 

^ ilr. Doty was married on February 28, 187S, to Miss Sarah A. Davis 
who was born m Fall Creek township, a daughter of Bailey Davis To 
Mr. and Mrs. Doty four children have been born, conoernin.^ whom 
mention is made briefly as follows: Arlie, the eldest, is a graduare of 
the common schools of this community, and is married to Ida Miller and 
^engaged in farming m Green township. Vinnie is the wife of O^t 
Kmkade, ivmg m Fall Creek township. Anna is the wife of Walter 
Reidenbach and lives in Hamilton county, Indiana, and Louella is the 
wife of Ira Schmiler, of Ingalls. 

Mr. Doty is a member of the G. A. R. and attends the Methodist 
church. He is a stanch Eepubiican in his politics and is on^ of tre 
valued citizens of Green to;;-nship, where he has pa.ssed his long and 
useful hte thus far. * 

John H. Raymer. No more honored and resDected citizen m-^^ht 
be pointed out in Green township than John H. Raymer, who has been 
a resident of the county since about 1860, or since he was en-'hteen yea-^ 
of age. He was born in Marjdand, on September 20, 1843° and is the 
son of )^ . P. and Lena (Prior) Raymer, both of whom were born and 
reared m Maryland. They came to Montgomery eountv, Ohio whpre 
they passL^d the remamder of their lives, which had been devoted to 
the business of farming. W. P. Raymer was a man of prominence in 
liis_ community to the last day he lived. He was a leader in poH^i.-^ 
active and responsible in his work for the party, which was that of tlip 
Democracy, and was in many ways regarded as a valuable man to his 
town and county. . He and his wife were members of the German 
Reformed church. They became the parents of nine children three of 
whom are liv-ing at this wiiting (1913). Silas, one of the three, is a 
resident of North Dakota,- Sarah J. is the wife of Gideon Coblin and 
lives at Bradford, Ohio ; and John H. is the subject of this review. ' 

John H. Raymer was a youth of eighteen years when he accompanied 
his parents from Maryland, his birth state, to Ohio, where the family 
settled. He had learned carpentering in Maryland and upon comin- 
to Ohio aevoted himeslf to that work. He did not stop lon<^ in Ohio' 
but soon came to Indiana, locating in Madison county, and her- on 
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4, 1851, in the house where they now live, and was a daughter of 
Thomas and Rebecca (Stowell) Scott. The young couple settled down 
to housekeeping on the farm where they live today, and there they 
rcai'ed a family of eleven children, of whom eight are living in 1913. 
They are named as follows: Carlos S. Raymer, who is post master at 
IngaUs; j\Iinnie S. is the wife of E. P, Myers, an attorney at Elwood, 
Indiana; Nora I. is the wife of "W. A. Myers, superintendent of the 
Hartford City (Indiana) Schools; he is a graduate of the State Univer- 
sity of Indiana; Alta J. is the wife of Samuel Garrett; Nettie C. is 
the wife of Newton Catt}'^ of Fall Creek township ; John T. is married 
and lives in Green township ; Earl E. lives at home, as does also Scott 
P., both of whom are unmarried. 

The family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church at Fall 
Creek, and Mr. Ra^oner is a member of the official board of that body. 
He is a Progressive in his politics and has been active in a political way 
all his mature life. Mr. and ]Mrs. Raymer are pleasant and admirable 
people, who have reared a most creditable family, and they are among 
the most highly esteemed citizens of the to\vnship, to which they have 
given many of the best years of their life, and in v/hose better interests 
they have never failed to take an active and telling pait. They have 
prospered in their work, and in addition to material advancement have 
the greater possessions of good names and pleasing places in the hearts 
of their fellow townspeople. 

C. S. Raymer, post master of the town of Ingalls and one of the 
prominent young men of the town, was born in Green township on 
June 7, 1869, and is a son of John H. and Emma L. (Scott) Raymer. 
of this township, concerning whom detailed mention is made in another 
sketch appearing in this biographical work. Further facts ^\'ith regard 
to the parentage and aneestiy of the subject are therefore unnecessary 
at this .juncture. 

Mr. Raymer was the eldest of the family of his parents, and he v/as 
reared on the home farm, where he was early trained in the business of 
farming. He received a good common school education in the seasons 
snatched from attention to farm duties, and continued to work on the 
farm with his father until his marriage, which event took place on 
June 29, 1890, when Amanda House, a daughter of "William R. House, 
became his wife. She was educated in the common schools, like himself, 
and has many friends in the community, where she has long been known. 
Two children have been born to them — Violet, a graduate of the Ingalls 
school, who is the wife of Jadie Gregory, and Hobart, now a student in 
the Pendleton high school. 

Mr. and Mrs. Raymer are members of the ^lethodist church, and 
ilr. Raymer is active in Republican politics in his section. In the cam- 
paign of 1912, however, he cast his vote with the Progressive party. In 
connection with his official duties he carries on the work of his farm, 
which, though small, is a well kept and productive place. 

Martin Luther Goodykoontz. A native son of Anderson town- 
ship who has spent his entire career in this section of Madison county, 
ilr. Goodykoontz stands in the front rank of the agriculturists of his 
community, and through his work in developing his present tine prop- 
erty of one hundred and forty-five acres is entitled to mention among 
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390 HISTORY OF xAIADISON COUNTY 

his pie.ent farm, on a property which his grandfather, Jacob Goody- 
.koontz had entered from the government. He is a son of Daniel and 
Nancy (TVatkins) Goodykoontz. 

Jacob Goodykoontz, the grandfather, was born in Floyd county 
Virginia, and brought his family to Madison county about 1830 For 
maiiyyears the name was well represented here, but at this time they 
are widely scattered and Martin Luther is the only member of his imme- 
diate family found m ifadisou county. Daniel Goodykoontz was born in 
^loyd county, \irgima, and was a lad of eight years when he accom- 
panied his parents to .Madison county. Here he was reared and educated 
and here mamed ^ancy Watkins, a Madison county girl. He continued 
to be engaged in agricultural pursuits throughout his a^-tive career and 
was known as one of the substantial men and public-spirited citi/eLs of 
his community. He and his wife became the parents of two children, 
Martin L. and William Arthur, but the latter died when only one year 
old. • * '' 

Martin L. Goodykoontz was born in a pioneer log cai)in and grew 
to manhood m the uncultivated community of his native place be^'rcr 
reared to na bits of industry and economy. He attended the common 
scnoois during the winter terms and spent his summers in assistino- 
his tatner, and when he reached his majority engaged in agricultural 
pursuits on his own account. He has improved all his land, now some 
ot ttie best to be found m the township, and has eno-c^o-n^ ex^-m^ively in 
general farming operations and in r)reeding Short-Horn cnttle^an.l other 
good breeds ot stock. He uses modern metliods and machinery ha^ im- 
proved his farm with buildings of a substantial character, and throu<--i. 
good management and persistent etfort has made a success of all his 
ventures. 

. On October 30, 1S95. Mr. Goodvkoontz was married to ^Jiss Oroha 
Maione_. a daughter of Eleazer and Elizabeth fKinsev) Malon.\ natives of 
Frederick county, :Ma;yland, who migrated iirsr to Pennsvlvania thence 
to Indiana, in about 1836, and in 1865 came to :\radison countv. Indiana 
Mr. and Mrs. Malone had the following named children: William who 
is deceased; Iliraui: James, deceased ; Adolphus; Joseph; :\[ary and 
Anna who are deceased: John, deceased: 'Charles: Sarah C' now 
Mrs. Edmund Jeffries of ^Jontsea, Pennsvlvania; Orpha, now' Mrs 
Goodykoontz; and Elizabeth, now [Mrs. Daglisti. Mr. and Mrs. Goodv- 
koontz have no children, but have reared two adopted dauditers, Yeuita 
Sapp and Bessie Tindall. 

Mr. Goodykoontz is a stockholder and director in the Farmers Trust 
Company of Anderson, and he is a Democrat in his political affiliaiions 
He has always kept in touch with the live political and civic interests of 
the day, but has not entered public life as a seeker after office. He is 
essentially a home man, being content to devote his energies to the calti- 
vation of his land. An automobile enthusiast, he finds that his hand- 
some Buick car not only affords the means of recreation but is a sreat 
help in his business affairs. With his wife he attends the ^lethodist 
Episcopal church. 

Wesley White, Jr. For more than half a century the White 
family has been identified with iladison county, and alv.'avs with the 
larger activities of farming and count-y life. " Wesley White, Jr., is 
ene of the Grand Army men still If ing in this county and has a 



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splendid couutry home in Green township. He has known Madison 
county since before the war, and has not only witnessed practically 
every important phase in the development of the region from the vrilder- 
ness, but has borne his individual share of the labors and responsibilities 
in this work. 

Wesley White, Jr., was bom on a farm in Rush county, Indiana, 
August 15, 1844, and was one of the children in the family of the late 
Wesley White, Sr., and his wife, Lydia Nicholson Wliite. Wesley 
White, Sr., was born in the state of Virginia in 1802, and his wife was 
born in Ohio in 1803. The father moved from^ Virginia to Ohio, and 
when still a single man came west to Indianapolis' about the time Indian- 
apolis was established as the capital of Indiana, and in that city he 
found employment by assisting in the construction of the first court 
house there. Subsequently he returned to Ohio, was married in that 
state, and then brought his wife and family out to Rush county, Indiana. 
There he bought a quarter section of land and made it his home for 
fifteen years. Selling out his interests in Rush county, he came to 
Madison county, and paid $900.00 for one hundred and sixty acres. He 
kept adding to this original body of land until at one time he possessed 
1,800 acres all in one piece. Practically all the land was covered with 
heavy timber when he bought it, and as a practical lumberman he 
established a saw mill in his woods, and for about ten years was engaged 
in working up all this timber into lumber. Much of the lumber which 
can now be found in some of the oldest houses in the county was the 
product of the White mills and came off the stumpage on the original 
White estate. The senior ^VTiite was a man of large business enterprise, 
as the preceding statements v.-ould indicate, and at the same time was 
very liberal and public spirited. He was held in the high esteem of his 
entire community, and was always an active member and contributed 
to the Methodist church. In politics he was a staunch Republican 
after th^ formation of that party. There were nine children in the 
family and four are living in 1913. Mary is the widow of Wiiiiam 
Brattain and a resident in Hamilton county, Indiana ; Linnia is the 
widow of Isaac Brattain and a resident of Pendleton, Indiana; Wesley, 
Jr., is next among those now living; and Lydia J. is the wife of John 
Smithers of Pendleton. 

Wesley White, Jr., was two years old when his parents came to 

Indiana in 1846, and for that reason he has almost a claim to this county 

as his birthright place of residence. On the old homestead he grew to 

manhood and as opportunity permitted attended the district schools. 

When he was eighteen years old, the Civil war having come on and 

distracted the country, he enlisted in Company I of the Seventy-fifth 

Indiana Infantry in July, 1862. His service was in Kentucky and 

Tennessee and continued up to March. 1883. He was taken down with 

the fever and received an honorable discharge on March 10, 1863. On 

returning home from his military career he engaged in farming and 

subsequently moved to Noblesville, Indiana, where he made his home 

for twelve years. He then returned to the farm in Green township, 

where he still resides. He possesses one hundred and seventy-three 

acres, has some of the best land in the township, and cultivates it accord- • 

i^g to the best method approved by his long experience, and by the 

general science of modern agriculture. He is operating the farm for 

himself. 

On March 28, 1867, Mr. White waa married to Lucinda Stern, of 
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392 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

Hamilton county, Indiana, where she was born and reared, a daughter 
of Samuel and Jane Stern. Her father was born in Pennsylvania and 
her mother in Marion county, Indiana, Mrs. "White received her edu- 
cation in the public schools. Mr. and Mrs. White are the parents of 
two children, now living. Fannie is the wife of Frank Anderson and 
lives in Noblesville ; Harvina, a graduate of the Noblesville high school, 
is the wife of Jess Anderson, and they make their home with her father 
on the White farm in Green township. There is one granddaughter, 
Pauline, who was bom August 9, 1907. Mr. AYhite and family are 
members of the Christian church, and he is affiliated with Pendleton 
Post, No. 230, of the Grand Army of the Republic. In politics he votes 
as a Republican and has served as supervisor of his home township. 

0. B. Custer. The citizenship of Fall Creek township has no 
member more respected and esteemed, both for his individual Vv'ortii 
and his many kindly and disinterested .service in behalf of his t'rie.ads 
and the community, than Mr. 0. B. Custer. 

He was bom near Mortonsville, Indiana, August 9, 183S, and was 
a son of William and Judah (Keridie) Custer. William Custer, the 
father, was a native of Kentucky, born near Georgetown, and early in 
Hfe came to Indiana, locating in Fayette county. In that county he 
married jMiss Kendle and spent the rest of his life as a farmer in that 
locality. By ancestry he was a descendant of German stock. There 
were five children in the farjily and the two now living are 0. B. and 
James, the latter being a resident of Des ?*Ioines. lovra. 

Mr. 0. B. Custer was reared on a farm and during the winter months 
attended district schools. When still a boy he began earning his own 
way, and he has known the practical ducies of a farm from earliest 
boyhood. He lived at home until he was twentj'-six years of age, and 
after he attained his majority he was engaged in buying and selling 
horses for several years. He has ahvays been a lover of horse liesh and 
an excellent judge of the best points of a hoi'.^e. OnMareli 9, 1863, 
he married ^tiss Louisa Isgrigg. who was born in Fayette county, 
Indiana, June 6, 1844. Catherine Caldwell Isgrigg, the mother of ilrs. 
Custer, died July 26, 1913, at the advanced ago ol 93 years. Mrs. 
Custer receiveil her education in the public schools of her native county 
and was a daughter of Daniel Isgrigg. After their marriage ^.Ir. Custer 
turned his attention to farming, though he al?o continued as a stock 
dealer. In the v,inter of 1866 he moved to Madison county, locating in 
P'all Cre'uk tov.-nship, which locality has been his residence for more 
than forty-six years. He and his v/ife are the parents of two daaghters : 
Edna B., who graduated from the common scliools and is novr the wife 
of Lev>-is Rogers; Mota D., the wife of Warren Copper, she being now 
deceased. 2>Ir. and Mrs. Custer have one grandchild, Glenn M., who is 
a graduate of the Anderson high school. ]Mrs. Custer is a member of 
the Christian church. ]\,Ir. Custer is active in fraternal affairs, being 
a member of ]\Iadison Lodge, No. 44, A. F. & A. M., at Pendleton, 
Chapter No. 51, R. A. M., and of Fall Creek Council, No. 43, R. & S. M. 
In politics he is a Democrat and has cast his vote for good government 
and never been interested particularly in party affairs. He is the 
owner of a nice little farm of forty-five acres in Fall Creek touni^hip. 
and he and his wife have a comfortable home and enjoy the esteem of 
a large community of friends. 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 393 

Henry Clay. Brown. A life long resident of Madison county and 
for many years a progressive farmer of Fall Creek township, Henry 
Clay Brown has enjoyed the best elements of success, having acquired 
a good home, having given his family the comforts of living and educa- 
tion, and having steered an honorable and straightforward course 
throughout his o\vn career. 

Henry Clay Brown was born in Anderson township, Madison county, 
June 12, 1852, a son of Warner and Lavina (Clark) Brown. Both 
parents were bom in the state of Maryland, where they were reared 
and married. . After their marriage they came west and located at 
Anderson, Indiana, and cod tinned in this county until their death. The 
father was a contractor by business and he and his wife were the parents 
of ten children, four of whom are living in 1913. George Brown and 
Samuel Brown are residents of Anderson, and Eliza, the widow of Wil- 
liam Snell, is a resident of Logansport. 

Henrj^ Clay Brown was reared on a farm and such education as he 
obtained was afforded by the neighborhood schools. Up to the time 
he was twenty-one years of age he remained at home, and by his work 
and his other kindly services cared for his raother. He started inde- 
pendently as a farai hand, working at wages, and with the gradual 
accumulations of such labor was able finally to make a substantial begin- 
ning on his own account. At the age of twenty-four he moved to the 
fnrm where he now lives. 

He was married r\Iay 7, 1878, to jMiss Emma Ulen, who was born on 
the homestead where she now lives, a daughter oi Absalom Ulen and 
was educated in the common schools. Seven children have been bom 
to the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Brown: Harry H., a graduate of the 
Pendleton schools; Lula. Lavina, and Chester, graduates of the high 
Chester, a graduate of the high school; Rex, Walter, Naomi, wife of 
srhool; Rex, AA'alter, Naomi, wife of Alfred White. Mr. Brow)i is affil- 
iated with the Improved Order of Red ^len and the Haymakers at 
Pendleton. A Republican in politics, he has voted as a good citizen, 
but has never held any office. ^Ir. Brown has a well improved farm 
of. about forty-five acres, and enjoys all the comforts and conveniences 
of modern country life. For several years he was engaged in business 
at Andersoi\ as a draymaii. . . 

Lewis D. Kinnard. Few of the farmers of Fall Creek township, 
in iladison county, Indiana, have made a better .shovvring from a similar 
beginning than Lewis Dun. woody Kinnard. He has gained prominence 
in the agricultural sections of the county as a farmer and stock raiser, 
as well as being a feeder and shipper of some extent, and has a fine place 
of one hundred and sixty acres under cultivation. He takes his place 
among the representative citizen;-; of the township, and enjoys the esteem 
and frien-iship of a large circle of the best citizenship of the township. 

Lewis D. Kinnard was born on the farm east of the farm on which 
he now resides on September 17, 1865, and is the son of John H. and 
Elizabeth Clay (Dunvvoody) Kinnard. Both were natives of Chester 
county, Pennsylvania, who' came to Madison county, Indiana, in the 
sprhig of 1858, locating in this to-wTiship, where they lived until 189"1, 
when the father died Nov. 19, 1891, the death of the mother follov,-iug 
on January 16, 1892. They were the parents of nine children, seven 
of whom are now living'. Lewis D. is the youngest of the family. 

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394 HISTORY OF JVIADISON COUNTY 

early environment and influence of Lewis D. Kinnard, and after he 
had finished with the district schools he was entered at the Danville 
(Ind.) Central Normal. He finished his studies there in 1888, after 
which he taught for four years in Madison county, a work in which 
he was especially successful and popular. The business of fanning, 
however, proved more attractive to him, and he gave up his school vv^ork 
to enter into agricultural activities following the death of his father 
in 1891. Since that time JVIr. Kinnard has continued in the business 
andhas made an excellent success of the work. General farming, cattle 
raising, feeding and shipping have constituted his main interests, and 
he has gained success and prosperity in the prosecution of the work. 
His hundred and sixty acres in section twenty-five is recognized as one 
of the finest places in the township, and stands for a generous applica- 
tion of genuine hard work on the part of Mr. Kinnard, formerly known 
as the Swain farm. 

On September 4, 1889, .Mr. Kinnard was married to Miss Delia L. 
Downs. She is the daughter of Isaac and Jane G. Downs and was born 
in Champaign county, Illinois, coming to Madison county in 1S8G. To 
Mr. and Mrs. Kinnard three children have been born, named as follows : 
Charles D., born on September 14, 1S91, is a graduate of the Pendleton 
high school and now a student in Yv'inona Agricultural College; Helen 
J., born January 20, 1899, is a student in the high school; and Hugh, 
born February 3, 1902, is also attending the schools of the home com- 
munity. 

Mr. Kinnard is a member of the Society of Friends and fraiernaily 
is associated as a member with Madison Lodge, No. 44, A. F. & A. M., 
and Sicilian Lodge, No. 234, Knights of Pytliias, of which he Ls Past 
Chancellor and a member of the Grand Lodge. He is a Republican and 
has given good service to the party in his district. Mr. Kinnard is one 
of the broad-minded and liberally disposed men who mean so much in 
any community, and v\^hose citiiienship is always of the highest order 
and worth to their town and county. He, with his family, eajoys the 
esteem and regard of a large circle of friends and acquaintances" in Fall 
Creek township, where they have long been knovv-n for their ma ay 
excellent qualities. The family are m.embers of the Society cf Friends. 

-■- WiLLLiM R. Kinnard. Since he located on the old Thoma.-j farm in 
Pendleton tov.Tiship, securing the place on the status of a renter, the 
fortunes of William Rush Kinnard have kept pace with those of ihe most 
prosperous of the men of his comruiuiity, and he is today the owner of 
the fine old place which had been the property of his wife's family 
years ago. Success has attended his efforts and he is reckoned among 
the prosperous and substantial men of the town, and one whose influ- 
ence and opinion are potent factors in the communal life of the place. 
William R. Kinnard was born in Chester coiuity, Pennsylvania, on 
December 7, 1848, and is the son of John H. and Elizabeth (Dunwoody) 
Kinnard, both of whom were bom in the same county and state. They 
■came to Madison county, Indiana, in 1858, locating here on the Sth of 
April, and settled in Fall Creek township, where they passed the 
remainder of tbeir quiet and industrious lives. The father died in 
November, 1891, and the mother in Januar;.^, 1892. The latter was a 
member of the Friends' church and a devout and saintly Christian 
woman. She reared her family of nine children in the purity and piety 
that were her strongest characteristics, and of the nine seven are today 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 395 

filling useful places in the world. They are : Joseph D., William R., 
^lary F., Owen B., of Indianapolis; George L., Elnora B. and Lewis D. 

William R. Kinnard was nine years old when the family came to 
Madison county, Indiana, and settled in this vicinity. From his early 
boyhood until he reached the age of twenty years he spent three months 
each year in the district schools, the remainder of the time being 
devoted to the varied forms of farm work incident to the time and place. 
He was twenty-one years old when he went west on a trip with the 
intention of finding something in which to venture as a means of liveli- 
hood, but his stay there was short and when he returned to his native 
community he joined his brother in a renting enterprise, and for three 
years they managed a farm on shares. He married in 1873, choosing 
for his wife one INIary S. Thomas, and they took up their abode on the 
old Thomas homestead, which Mr. Kinnard rented and which he after- 
wards bought. He prospered with the passing years, each succeeding 
season finding him advancing in the scale of success, and today he o^vns 
two hundred acres of the best fa I'm land in IMadison county, located in 
Fall Creek township. 

Mr. Kinnard and his family are members of the Friends' church 
in which he was reared, and he is a Republican in politics. He is a 
man who is highly esteemed and respected in the tovv-nship and county, 
and he has a host of the best of friends in this district, where he has 
passed his life thus far, and where his entire family was long and most 
favorably known. 

As mentioned above, ]\Ir. Kinnard married Miss Mary S. Thomas on 
January 16, 1873. She was born and reared on the farm the family 
now occupies, and is one of the best known and most popular Vv"oraen of 
the community. Four children were bom to them, three of whom are 
living at this time : Alice, a graduate of the high school and the state 
University, and for some time a teacher, is the wife of Oliver E. Glenn, 
professor of mathematics in the University of Pennsylvania; the.^v have 
two children. Elizabeth K., a graduate of the high school and a teacher, 
is the wife of Edward Haines. Edith M., after her high school course, 
entered upon a course of study in Swarthmore College, and is now living 
at home with her parents. 

George A. Phipps. In the little village of Huntsville in Fall Creek 
township, on the north bank of historic and picturesque old Fall creek, 
the princip;il industrial fe.itures and also business ijistitutions are the 
flour mill and the saw mill which for many years have been conducted 
under the name and proprietorship of Islr. Phipps. A mill or factory 
is always an important institution in any community, and particiilarly 
is this true of the small rural settlement of Huntsville, where the mill 
becomes almost the central feature of the place and around it are 
grouped in comparative order the church and the school and the homes 
of the local population. Mr. Phipps came to Huntsville more than forty 
years ago, learned his trade in the old HimtsviHe mill and finally 
became its proprietor. He has thus for many years been known in the 
business economy of this county, and is one of the highly respected citi- 
zens of Fall Creek township. 

George Aiman Phipps was born at Weldon. in IMoutgomery county, 
Pennsylvania, January 4. 1842, a son of William and jMargaret (Aiman) 
Phipps. Both parents spent all their lives in ^Montgomery county, 
Pennsylvania. In the same county George A. Phipps was reared and 



396 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

attained his early education in the common schools while growing up on 
his father s farm. Most of his early education was attained in°one of 
tne old fashioned subscription schools. 

In November, 1870, Mr. Phipps came to Madison county, Indiana 
and took employment under his uncle, who was the owner of the cHst 
mill at Huntsville. In that institution he learned his trade and in 1882 
rented the grist mill from its owner. Three years later, in 1885 hp 
had advanced so far as to be able to buy the' property, and now' for 
T.^J"^^^ ^f^"^ '^ ^^^ ^^^^ conducted under his name and ownership 
in 1909 a fire destroyed the old grist mill, which was never rebuilt The 
saw mill was not burned at the time the grist mill was destroyed Mr 
riiipps was financially interested in the glass factory and the post factory 
when they were located as industrial institutions in Pendleton 

In November, 1870, Mr. Phipps married Arminta Alfont Mrs 

Fliipps was reared m Madison county and has been the mothpr of seven 

children^ four sons and three daughters, namely: Margaret, a graduate 

ot the Pendleton high school and now the wife of Ward :\[ Tavlor of 

Chicago.: Ben F., in the hardware business at Pendleton and a graduate 

of the Pendleton higli school; Claude A., now deceased; Sarah who i'^ a 

gra^dnate of the common schools and is now the wife of Ed G Lrown^of 

Latayette, Indiana; Harry Yi., of Chicago, an unmarried youno' man 

and a graduate of the local schools; Hazel M., who is a graduate "of the 

high scnool and is now a stenographer at Fi-ankiort, Indiana; Paul 

who IS a student m the high school, ilra. Phipps is an active member 

o. the iMethodist church. Mr. Phipps is one of the prominent ^lasons 

ot xMadison county. He is affiliated with Madison lod^e. No. 44, A F 

& A. M., at Pendleton, with Pendleton Chapter, No. 52, R. A. ?,f. with 

Fall Creek Council, No. 42, R. & S. M., and with the Commandprv No 

32, of tlie Knights Templar at Anderson. He has attained thirty-two 

degrees Scottish Rite Masonry. In politics he is an rctive Democrat 

and has loug been a royal worker and supporter of the party interests 

and for local good government. At the present time he is 'a member 

of the Madison county council. He has also served on the township 

advisory board. Mr. Phipps is a quiet, unassuming man, honorable 

ana honest m all his business relations, and has given an excellent 

account of the many years he has spent in this county. In his opinions 

he is a man of strong convictions, and \yhat he belieVes to be right he 

acts upon as a solid principle underlying all his cliaracter. 

John Willits Jones. Madison county from, its early pioneer his- 
tory to the present time ]ias had the benefit and the productive labors of 
different members of the Jones family, one of whoso best known mem- 
bers ^is Mr. John W. Jones of Fall Creek township. The industrial and 
social character of a community is the result of its citizenship, and 
among the m.any family groups which have contnbuted in this important 
regard to the development of Madison county, none could claim more 
credit than the Jones family, through its various representatives since 
early pioneer times. 

Mr. John TV. Jones the Fall Creek township farmer and stockmen, 
was born in the tov/nship where he now makes his hom_e on Deceml-er 
22, 1865, a sou of Captain elonathan and Elizabeth (Busby) Jones 
Jonathan Jones was burn in West Virginia in 1832 and died in March 
1898. He came to Madison county with his narents when he was a 
boy, and the Jones family established itself in Fall Creek township and 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 397 

took part in the pioneer work which then awaited the coming of every 
new settler. Jonathan was reared in Fall Creek township and received 
his education in one of the old log school houses which was the chief 
feature of the educational system prevailing here during the first half 
of the century. These schools were invariably supported by a private 
subscription, and were primitive in all their facilities and methods of 
work. Jonathan Jones married Elizabeth Busby, who was born on an 
adjoining farm in this county, her father having entered the land from 
the government. That farm is now known as the the old Lewis D. Kin- 
nard farm. After their marriage Jonathan Jones and wife made their 
home in Monroe township near Alexandria. Then in April, 1861, the 
Civil war having become reality, after having threatened its fury for a 
number of years, he organized Company D of the Thirty-Fourth Indiana 
Infantry, and was chosen captain. He was out at the front and in the 
campaigns of his regiments for about two years, when failing health 
compelled him to resign his commission and return home. After he had 
sufficiently recuperated. Governor ^Morton appointed him a drafting offi- 
cer, and he served for soaie time in that capacity. About the close of the 
war, Captain Jonathan Jones sold his farm in the northern part of 'Madi- 
son county and moved to Fall Creek township, and bought tlie Scctt farm, 
situated on Lick Creek. That remained his home until 1884 at which 
date he moved into the city of Anderson, which remained his home until 
his death. His wife passed a\vay in 1871. He was one of the prominent 
cifizens of ^ladison county during his time. He was for eight years 
county ditch commissioner and was also assessor of Fall Creek township. 
Fraternally he was a member of the Independent Order of Odd-Fol- 
lows. Tliere were nine children born to the parents, and the eight now 
living are as follows: ^Mahala, vv'ife of F. P. J;;ckso!i of Anderson, 
Indiana: Matilda Jones of Anderson: Isaac B. Jones of Pendleton; 
Sarah, who is unmarried rind resides in Anderson; Etta, wife of Justice 
Frampton. who resides in California ; John AVillits; and ^Morrison B, of 
Anderson. 

]\Ir. John W. Jones was reared in Fall Creek township and received 
his education in the public schools of this locality. He si>en^ moit of his 
early years on a farm, and along with such schooling as ti;:- local schools 
afforded, has acquired a thorough knowledge of the principles and prac- 
tices of first-class agiiculture. When he was about twenty-six years of 
age, on October 7. 1S91, he married ^liss Ella Haines, v,-ho was born and 
reared iu Fall Creek townsl'iip. In March, 1891. a fev: months previous 
to his marriage, '^Lr. Jones moved to the city of Anderson, where he v*-as 
engaged in the ice business. This industry- occupied his time and atten- 
tion until February. 1911, at which date he sold oux his interests in the 
Anderson plant, and moved back to Fall Creek township. Since then 
he has been an out and out farmer, is the owner of 90 acres of some of 
the best land in the township, and makes a specialty or the raising of 
hogs and cattle, shipping his stock by the carload. He also has realty in 
Alexandria and Zsladison. Mr. Jones is a man of wide experience both 
in business and in farm^ing, and has applied business-like methods to 
his present enterprise and is regarded as one of the most successful men 
in the agricultural line in iMadison county. Fraternally he is affiliated 
with the Knights of Pythias and the order of Elks and has for a num- 
ber of years been one of the infiuential men in the Republican party. 
He is a member of the Hniversalist church and his ^^ife a member 



398 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

of the Society of Friends, ilr. Jones and wife have an attractive rural 
home, and both are among- the prominent members of local society. 

Samuel Swain. The old citizenship of Madison county had no bet- 
ter representative than the late Samuel Swain, who was born in Fall 
Creek township in the decade of the forties, and who died on the 9th of 
September, 1913. He had been continuously identified with this section 
of the county throughout practically all the years that intervened since 
the pioneer period. Mr. Swain was an infant when the first railroad 
was brought through the county and in the vicinity of his old home- 
stead, he was a boy in his teens when the Civil war broke out, and he 
witnessed practically every innovation and improvement which has been 
the teacher in a great civilization of a nation during the last half of the 
nineteenth century. 

Samuel Swain was born February 14, 1848. It was his distinction, 
such as is possessed hy comparatively few of the residents of Madison 
county, to have been bom in a log cabin. That log cabin was situated 
on the farm where he made his home at the time of his death. A log 
cabin at that time was not necessarily a sign of povercy nor shiftless- 
ness, but was rather a representative habitation, consistent v/ith the 
period of development through which the country was then passing. 
As a matter of fact Samuel Swain belonged to one of the thrifty and 
substantial Quaker families which settled in early Fall Creek township. 
His parents were Woolston and Mary A. (Thomas) Swain. AVoolston 
Swain was a son of Samuel and I^Lirtha (Brig-gs) Swain. Both the 
grandparents were natives of Bucks county, Pennsylvania, and spent 
all their lives in that portion of the old Quaker state. Woolstou Sv\-ain 
came to Indiana in early manhood, and at Indianapolis met Miss Mary 
A. Thoraas, who had come to Madison county in 1834, belonging to one 
of the first, families to locate in this county. After their marriage in 
1843, they located in ]\radison county, and spent all the rest of their lives 
in thi^s vicinity on this farm. The father was a farmer, and he cind 
his wife were active members of the Friends church. They were the 
parents of five children, named as follows: Anna M., who is unmarried; 
Samuel; Rebecca, who is unmarried; Joseph : and Frances L., the wife of 
Joseph Johnson of Cleveland, Ohio, president of Swarthmore College 
and president National Educational Society. 

Samuel Swain was reared on the faimi where he afterward lived and 
attained his education in the old district schools near this farm, and 
also in the Spiceland Academy. During his early manhood he obtained 
a certificate and taught the district scliool, during the winter term, while 
during the sunmier he carried on his farming operations. Mr. Swain 
never married, and after his father's death he assumed the active man- 
agement of the home farm of one hundred and twenty acres. In the 
profitable cultivation of this estate he proved himself to be one of the 
most capable agriculturists and stock raisers in the county. ]\Ir. Swain 
was a birthright member of the Friends church in this locality. In 
politics he was a Republican, though he was never interested in party 
affairs, and was always a supporter of good government. In his farm- 
ing operations he made a specialty of raising high-class live stock. Mr. 
Svrain in his business and civic relations was a quiet unassuming man, 
who always performed his proper share of responsibilities, and never 
obtruded himself into the conspicuous activities of public life. His un- 
married sisters always made their home with him, and together they 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 399 

kept the old estate as one of the best centers of the old-time life in 
Madison county. 

John "W. Lewark. Madison county's citizenship contains few mem- 
bers whose careers have illustrated so well the varied battle with fortune 
and with circumstance as that- of Mr. John W. Lewark, of Pendleton. 
Mr. Lewark came to Madison county a runaway boy, obtained his educa- 
tion between periods of hard w^ork, went from this county to the Union 
ranks in the great war between the states, and since returning a veteran 
from that conflict has been one of the honored citizens and business men 
of Pendleton. 

John AY. Lewark was born in the city of Andereou on Ninth Street, 
April 20, 18-12, a son of Andrew T. an^l Margaret (]Marshall) Lewark. 
His father was a native of Virginia, and his mother of Ohio, and each of 
them when yomig came to Wabash, Indiana, where they were married. 
The family were residents first of Wabash and then of Anderson. The 
mother died when John AY. was seven years old, and he was then bound 
out to David Kunts of AVabash. His adopted home did not prove con- 
genial, and was the scene of much hardship to the growing boy. He had 
few comforts and practically no opportunity for schooling, and was 
employed nearh' all his time in hard work in a brickj-ard and other occu- 
pations. When he was fourteen years of age he had reached the limit 
of his endurance and on Christmas day of 1S56 he ran avv'ay from the 
Wabash home in whicli he had spent several years. He came to Madison 
county in the fall of 1S57, where a half-sister lived. He remained with 
his half-sister for some time, and subsequently moved to Anderson whf;re 
he secured work in a brickyard. In 1858 he located at Pendleton, being 
then sixteen years of age, and did farm v/ork for some time. In 1861 
he had begun work at the cai-penter's trade and was getting along very 
prosperously in this work until A^ugust, 1861, when the demands upon 
his patriotism caused him to throw down his tools and enlist for the 
war of preseiwation of the Union. He became a member in Company 
D of the Thirty-Fourth Indiana A'olunteers, and saw long and arduous 
service in the Army of the Alississippi and continued a soldier until 
November 6, 1865, when he received his discharge in Texas. 

On returning to Pendleton, he took up work at the carpenter's trade, 
and followed this vocation energetically until February, 1872. At that 
date he engaged in the livery business and it is this line of enterprise 
with which his name has been identified at Pendleton for forty years. 
Mr. Lewark is one of the oldest liver^^men in Aladison county, and by 
straightfor'Nvard dealing and good management has made a reputation 
throughout his part of the county and no business man in Pendleton 
enjoys more esteem than this pioneer liveryman. 

On May 2, 1867, he married ^Miss Emily E. Shattuck ^ho was born 
in Philadelphia, Pennsyl .'ania, and came to Indiana in 1SG6, being a 
teacher in the Pendleton schools ap to the time of her marriage. After 
forty years of happy married life, she passed away on Alay 3, 1907, 
and was the mother of six children, namely: Anna, wife of William 
Tague; Clara, wife of Alorris Townsand; Amy, the widow of Frank 
Datros; Alina, wife of Frank Homan; Edith C, who is Mrs. Alley; and 
Clarence L., who is a resident of North Carolina. 

On Alarch 16, 1910, 'Mr. Lewark married Alary Robins of Anderson, 
this county. Airs. Lewark was born in Aladison county in Alareh, 1862. 
^Ir. Lewark has always been a member of the Alethodist chitrch since 



400 HISTORY OF MADISOxX COUNTY' 

his boyhood. He is a popular member of the Grand Army of the Repub- 
lic, and IS affiliated with Madison Lodge A. F. & A M For many 
campaigns he was an active Republican voter, but in 1912 ioined the 
Progressive ranks. • j >- c 

Oscar F Mingle; D. Y. S. A resident of Pendleton for the past four 
years and the only doctor of veterinary surgery in that localifv Dr 
Mingle IS a progressive young citizen and has made a very ex^ellpnt 
locTfif • "" profession and in general affairs of citizenship in this 

Oscar F. Mingle was born in Hancock county, Indiana, Mav 28 
Ibtb, a son of Madison and Martha D. (Jackson) Mino-le The fathe- 
?Z ^fo'n^^'^S^'^^ '"^ Pendleton and the mother passed awav in the 
Ihin- in 1913 ^^^""^ ^'''"*'''*' °^ ^^® children, four of whom are 

Dv 0. F. Mingle, the youngest of the family, received his pri-uarv 
education in the district schools. His earlv sclioolin.g w^s a-^con pushed 
during the winter months, and in the summer time he assisted in th- 
work of the home farm. After leaving the common schools, he had a 
varied experience as a farmer, and during tliat time evinced a -reat 
fondness lor horses and live stock in general. This fondness extr-nded 
tnrougu a natural study and close obseiwation of the habits and nature 
ot trie domestic animab, and it was from this predisposition thai h^ 
mially entered the Indianapolis Veterinarv College in the fall o- 1906' 
He was graduated D. V. S. in 1909, and "'then located at Pendletoa'to 
■begin his active practice. He has no competlticii in tiiis district and has 
a large practice throaghoat the coumry-side. The do^-tor is a' ra-mbf^^ 
of the aWni association of his college and is also a member of tV 
Indiana Medical Association. 

Dr. Mingle married in 1900 ^liss Dora F. Kirkmau. of Fall f'r^ek 
townsaip. Mrs. Mmgie is a graduate of the common schools and has 
spent practically all her life in this section of ^[.-^di-^ori couptv The- 
are the parents of one son, Carroll K.. who was bom NovembPi- 8 1002 
Carroll is a student m the Pendleton schools and has a record as a S'-hool 
boy probaoly not excelled anywhere in the county, sir.r-e throuo-noiM his 
school period he has never been absent at a regular school se^ion no- 
tardy and IS now m the foui'th grade of the public schools 

Fraternally Dr. Mingle is affiliated with Madison Lodo-^ .\ F & 
A. M and with Uie Knights of Pychias Lodc^e. His wif« is a member of 
the Metnodist enurch in Pendleton. Politically Dr. ilino-le is a D^mo- 
erat, thougn ne has never taken much part in political affairs H^ is 
the owner of forty acres of land in Hancock countv. Indiana and with 
the prosperity which at this early date he has alreadv won rhrou^-^ his 
energy- and progressive ability, the future looks large with cunSnerce 
for him and family. 

A. \V. Cook. One of the oldest and m.ost esteemed resident^ of Fall 
Creek township, ^Ir. Asahol TValter Cook has spent the most of a long 
life ot eighty years m this county, has given adon^r uericd of service as 
a teacher and educator, and for a number of vears was a tru^te^- of his 
home township first eler^ted in 1800 for flvo'years. then re-elect.-d in 
Ib.JO for anoti.'er four years. The opportunities for sueli service in 
behalf of the public come only to the man whose intea-ritv and efficiency 
are proved beyond all doubt to the citizenship, and the fact of public ' 



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service alone exteuded over a uurnber of years is a high tribute to the 
character of any citizen. 

Mr. A. W. Cook, who is a birthright member of the Society of Friends, 
was bom in York county, Pennsylvania, June 17, 1833, so that he came 
from the center of the old Quaker colony into the Quaker settlement 
of eastern Indiana. His parents were George W. and Elizabeth 
(Walker) Cook. Both parents were natives of York county, Pennsyl- 
vania, whence they came to Indiana in 1847 and located as early settlers 
in Madison county, their location being at Huntsville. The father was 
a farmer in that vicinity and died there in 1861. His wife survived for 
thirty years, passing away in 1891. They were the parents of eight 
children, and six of the family are still living-. 

Mr. A. W. Cook was reared in Pennsylvania, where he received his 
education in the public schools, and on October 26, 1851, was married 
to Hannah C. Garrettson. She was born in the same county as her hus- 
band, was reared on a farm, educated in the public schools, and after 
their marriage they located on a farm. 'Mv. Cook began teaching school 
when he was nineteen years of age, and his experiences as an educator 
continued for many \ears. This oecupaliou he alternated with that of 
farming, and it was his practice to spend the winters in teaching while 
he conducted the operation! of liis farm during the summer. In this 
way he taught thirty-two terms of school, and twenty-tT\'o of these were 
taught in Indiana in Madison county. For twelve terms he vras princi- 
pal of the Huntsville school in Fall Creek township. Among the older 
educators of Madison county, probably not one is better remembered 
and stands in higher esteem among the great number of pupils v,-ho still 
survive and remember hiai than ^Ir. Cook. 

In 1890 x.Ir. Cook v/as elected a trustee of Fall Creek township. After 
serving some five years he vacated the office, but was soon afterward 
recalled by the citizenship, and altogether gave nine years of service in 
the ofBce of trustee. He was also for six years supervisor of his town- 
ship. Mr. Cook in 1890 sold his farm east of Pendleton and moved to 
the town of Pendleton, v»-here he has since m.ade his home. At the 
present time his chief occupation is in writing fire insui'ance. In poli- 
tics he has been a Republican practically since the organization of that 
great party. 

The three living children of 'Mr. Cook and vdfe are as follows : Teresa^ 
C, who is the wife of Joseph H. Michael; Aielissa G., wife of George 
Rogers; Mary E., wdfe of Charles Hedrlck. The family ar*- all members 
of the Friends chui'ch. Mr. Cook is affiliated with Madison Lodge No. 
41 A. F. & A. ]M. and has been an active member of this fraternity for 
a great many years. He is in every vray a progressive busine.ss man, 
has upheld all his duties of citizensliip, aiid has been honored in his 
many relations in the useful services to his community. 

George M. Overman. President of the Madison County Abstract 
Company at Anderson, Mr. Overman has been successful in the real 
estate and insurance business at Anderson for more than ten years, and 
in the abstract company 'is at the head of one of the solid and pros- 
perous in.stitutions of this county. He has served as president and man- 
ager since 1907. Mr. Overman has had a varied but generally success- 
ful career, has been a farmer and stock raiser in early lire, followed 
mercantile Hues for a number of years, and finally located permanently 



402 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

in Anderson, where he is held in high esteem both as a business man 
and citizen. 

George i\I. Overman was born in Henr^' county, Indiana, near ]\laple 
Valley, September 17, 1868. He is the youngest of the children born to 
Nathan and Elizabeth V. ("Wales) Overman. His father was born in 
Pesquotank county, North Carolina, in the vicinity of Elizabeth City, 
in 1830, and his wife was also a native of that state. The founder of the 
family in Indiana, was Grandfather Robert Overman, who in the pioneer 
days settled in Greenwood at ]Maple Valley in Henry county, and with 
the labor of his own hands hewed and built a one-room log cabin into 
which he moved his family. He spent many years in clearing up the 
faimi, and when the settlers had increased in number he laid out a town 
site which he named Elizabeth City in honor of the tov»-n in North Caro- 
lina where he had spent his boyhood. Robert Overman was a settler in 
Henrj- -county in 1832, and lived there until his death on January 27, 
1875. His wife, Fanny Overman died October 8, 1865. Nathan Over- 
man, father of George M., was reared and educated in Henry county and 
was a substantial farmer during his career. He moved to Shirley, 
Henry county, and afterwards went to California. His death occurred 
April 10, 1911. in his eighty-second year, while his wile passe<l away, 
November 7. 1907. 

Educated in tlfe country schools of Indiana, until he was fourteen 
years of age, George M. Overman completed his education in the high 
schools of Knightstown and Central Normal College at Danville, Ind. 
When he left school he returned to the homestead farm where he had 
received a thorough training in industry and thrifty habits during his 
vacation periods, and was engaged in general farming and stock raising 
for nearly two years. He nest became a commercial salesman, selling 
pianos and traveling all over the states of Indiana and Kentucky. Dur- 
ing 1891-95, associated with J. Isl. Fisher, under the narae of Overman 
& Fisher he was in a music store for twelve months. After that he rep- 
resented the firm of W. W. Kimball & Company of Chicago in selling 
pianos and organs in dirferent territories of Indiana, t;.nd in March, 
1899, was transferred to tiie Kentucky territory, where he continued the 
sale of musical instruments with Montinegro & Rheini, of Louisville, 
Kentucky-. Resigning this position he came to Anderson, and in August, 
1901, entered a partnership with his brother, R. E. Overman, under the 
firm name of Overman Brothers, Real Estate & Insurance. Some time 
later he bought his brother's interest, and has since amplified the busi- 
ness to include life insurance and the handling of general real estate 
and farm laods. He is regarded as one of the best imformed and most 
reliable real estate men in this section of Indiana, and in consequence 
enjoys a large and prosperous business. 

In August, 1900, iMr. Overman was married to Miss Adda L. Newby 
of Knightstown, Indiana, a daughter of Jabes and Sarah J. (Stites) 
Newby. There have been four children born to their uniozi, namely: 
Donald N., Sarah E., ^Margaret F., and Harold B. IMr. Overman has 
been honored with the of6ce of clerk of the Modern Woodmen, Camp 
3690, of Anderson, and "is one of the \ery popular men of his home 
locality. His residence is at 706 East Ljmu Street. 

Hon". WiLiJA:\r: A. Kittinger. A former state senator from Madison 
county, ex-prosecuting attorney of ]\Iadison and Hamilton counties, 
and for many years closely connected with the political and public 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 403 

affairs of the county, Mr. Kittinger has been both a prominent and use- 
ful citizen of Anderson for more than four decades, and throughout that 
time has practiced his profession of the law. As a criminal lawyer Mr. 
Kittinger is probably unsurpassed in this section of Indiana, and is a 
man of the highest standing in his profession and as a citizen. 

Mr. Kittinger was not bom to fortune, and probably few successful 
men in Madison county today have overcome during their youth more 
obstacles than ]Mr. Kittinger. He was born in AYayne county, near 
Richmond, Indiana, October 17, 1849. His father, John Smith, was a 
native of Germany, a shoe maker by trade and after coming to America 
settled at Richmond, Indiana. There he married ^liss Delilah Turk, 
who was born in Virginia, where her father died, and was brought by 
her mother to AYa^oie county, Indiana, where she grew to womanhood. 
She died in 1850, when her son WiUiam was about one year old, and 
the father John Smith then returned to Germany, in order to secure his 
interests in an estate, but was never heard of again, after leaving Indiana. 
He left behind two children, the oldest of whom, Thomas, died at the age 
of three years. AYilliam A., an orphan baby, was taken into the home 
of AYilliam L. Kittinger, and in this way he adopted the name by which 
he is now knovrn and honored. IMr. Kittinger in 1335 moved to Henry 
county, Indiana, and was engaged as a saw mill operator and farmer 
near Middletown. In that vicinity. W^illiam A. grew up and as an 
orphan boy without influential relatives or friends had only limited 
advantages and nearly all his time was taken for the work about the home 
and farm, so that his schooling was very meagre. ludustr}-, ambition 
and perseverance have always been qualities of his character, and it is 
owing- to these faculties that he won a successful position in life against 
many and heavy odds. He finally gained a sufficient education to enable 
him to teach school, and v/hen eighteen years old taught in Union town- 
ship of Madison county, and was afterwards similarly employed in 
Lafayette township. The sranmer seasons were spent in farm work and 
in reading law, and while a very young man he also became interested in 
the ministry- and v/as licensed to preach in the Christian church. His 
first license was obtained in Darke county, Ohio, and his second at Rich- 
mond, Indiana, and for two summers he supplied vacant pulpits in 
different sections of the state. Finally Mr. Kittinger took up the study 
of law in the office of Judge E. B. Goodykoontz at Anderson. On August 
2, 1872, he was admitted to practice, and at once moved to Missouri, and 
opened an office at Bolivar in Polk coanty. He had just begun to get 
acquainted and earn his first fees in Polk county when a telegram 
announced the failure of the banl: at i\jiderson in which his money was 
deposited, and he at once returned to the city, in order to look after his 
hard earned savings. On his retum he took up the practice of law, 
and in that way has been engaged in his profession in this city for 
forty years. 

Many important public services have interrupted the career of Mr. 
Kittinger in his regular profession. He was elected in October, 1880, 
prosecuting attorney for the twenty-fo^orth judicial circuit includiiig 
Hamilton and Madison counties. He was reelected to the position in 
1882, and gave a very satisfactory account of his administration during 
four years. After leaving the office he forraed a partnership with Judge 
R. Lake, which lasted six months. He then fitted up an office of his 
o^vn on the southside of the public square, but the building in which 
he was located was burned to the gi'ound in less than a month after he 



404 HISTORY OF MADISON COUx\TY 

had occupied the office and he suffered a heavy loss for him at that 
stage of li^s career. February 1, 18S6, he became a partner of L 31 
Sch vinn and the firm of Kittmger & Schwinn became recognized as one 
of the strongest aggregations of legal talent in this section of the statp 
Ihrough all these years his reputation was growing as a criminal lawyer' 
and at the present time there is no abler practitioner in this special 
department in central Indiana than William A. Kittinger 

Mr Kittmger was m politics a Democrat until 1878, and from that 
time forward allied himself with the Republicans. In ISSS-V he 
served as secretary of the Republican county Central Committee and h 
regarded as one of the strongest and most influential workers for his 
party m .ladison county In 1888 he was nominated on the Republican 
ticket representative to the legislature and led his party ticket by abou^ 
one hundred and twenty-five ballots, though he was unable to ovei^ome 
the Democratic majority m the county. In 1900 he was elected to the 
state senate from Madison county and in 1904 he was renominated for 
this office, and thus served for eight years his term as state senator end- 
ing January, 1908. In 1908 Mr. Kiltir.ger was nominated ^ elctd 
state seiiator on the senatorial district; ^nd as a legislator has an Wl- 
lent record. 

At Columbus Grove Ohio, September 9, 1874, Mr. Kittinger marri..! 
Miss Mnrtha L. Kunneke, who was born in Dayton, Ohio, and reared in 
Columbus Grove. Ihe three children of Mr. Kittinger now livin<^ a-- 
Iheodore. a graduate of the Annapolis Naval Academy of Annapolis' 
.Maryland; Lcslip F., Tseaentselier of Chican-o, Hi., and Helen M the 
wife of Blanehard J. Home. Mr. Kittinger is a S-ottish Rite ^rason 
and a Shriner. He is affiliated with Yii. Moriali Lodge No 77 A F 
& A. :\1., m which he served as master of the lod&ervvdth Anderson 
^''^'^^''-P^.y'^^f^ ^^^ ^^ a past-high priest; and Anderson Ccmmanderv 
Ao. o2 K. 1. of which ht* has been eminent commander Hp also i< a 
member of the Order of The Eastern Star and lias a uiembership"in 
the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and with the Rebekahs 
He IS one of thp well kno^ai liipjubr'rs of the County Bar Association. 

George Grant Manintng. In the death of George Grant Mannimr 
which occurred at his home in the city of Anderson, Auaust 3. 190s' 
there came to a close in its sixty-sixth year a life whici^ con+a'ined a 
great aggregate of usefulness, of kindly relationship with family an-^' 
community, and one that was successful from the usual mai^^Tial 
estimate. Mr. Manning gave many years of his life to educational vcork] 
and came to Anderson m 1895 as oo^^ of the proprietors of the Crvstni 
Ice Company, with which his name conti;iued to be identified until b^s 
death. 

George Grant Manning was born in Shelbv couutv, New York 
December 23, 1342. He was the fourth soii in a family of seven children' 
whose parents were TVllIiam and Eli.yabeth Manning. His boyhood was 
spent on a farm, and he pursued the usual routine of farmer boys of 
half a century ago, attending the district school during the winter sea- 
son, arid working at home the other months of the year, and also doin^^ 
much both morning and night in the way of chores and other assistance 
to the nome. At the age of seventeen he entered Medina Academy. The 
follcvv^ing year m ISGO, he accompanied his parents on their removal to 
DeKalo countv-, Iliinoi.-^. and continued his education bv attendance in 
the schools at Sycamore for one terra, and was engnged to teach his first 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY • 405 

term iu 1861. In 1862 he moved to Lyndon, in "Whiteside county, where 
he was elected principal of the village schools at the age of twenty years. 
In 1866 Mr. Manning advanced his educational equipment by attendance 
at the Illinois State Normal School in Bloomington, from which institu- 
tion he was graduated in 1869. He taught for some time in Fulton and 
in Jacksonville, Illinois. 

In 1871 Mr. ^Manning married \Miss Lucia Kingsley, who was a grad- 
uate of the Illinois State Normal School, and previous to her marriage 
had been a teacher in the model department of the State Normal 
Schools. After her marriage they moved to Peru, Indiana, Mr. Man- 
ning having been chosen superintendent of the city schools. For twenty- 
one years he had charge of the city schools of Peru, and his work as an 
educator and organizer was of the equality which lasts both in the minds 
and characters of the many generations of children who attended dur- 
ing that time, and also left a permanent impress on the school organiza- 
tion of that city. On leaving the work of education at Peru, Mr. ]Man- 
ning moved to Anderson, where he became president and manager of 
the Crystal Ice Company. In 1903 he erected the ^Manning Block on 
Meridian Struct. He was also one of the stockholders i)i the Union 
building, and in the course of a lifetime of effort accumulated a good 
estate for the benefit of his family. Mr. Manning served as one of the 
trustees of the First Baptist church in Anderson. He was always much 
interested in the welfare of his home city, and whenever possible gener- 
ously supported the movement for the community good. His genial, 
friendly disposition, brought him many friends wherever he lived, bat 
though he was fond of social life, he found his greatest pleasure in his 
home. 

Mr. Manning is sur\'ived by Mrs. Manning and their fonr children, 
namely: Miss Lueia May 2\Ianning; Mrs. Grace E. ^I. Downing; Mi*s. 
Edith ]\I. Stein, and George K. Manning. There arc also five grand- 
children to be mentioned in the family record, their names being George 
Elliott Downing, ]\[ary Elizabeth Dow'iing, Lucia Grace Downing, 
Margaret ]\Iannincr Stein and Geors'c King ^Manning. 



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John B. Pritchard. The present superintendent of police at Ander- 
L has recently completed a record of twenty years with the police force, 
~ which he began as a patrolman, and by efficiency and faithful service 
has been promoted and under several different city administrations has 
held his present place. He belongs to one of the old fam.ilies of ^ladisan 
county, the Pritchards having been identified with this county for up- 
wards of seventy years. 

John B. Pritchard was born in Madison, Kansas, December 17, 1863, 
a son of Nelson T. and Magdalene (Nelson) Pritchard. His father 
belonged to an old North Carolina family, in which state he was born. 
In 1846 the family came to I^Iadison eourity, Indiana, and were among 
the early fanners of this section. The father took up farming and vras 
engaged in agriculture and stock raising for many years. He afterv.-ards 
moved out to Kansas where he remained a few years, and finally located 
permanently in Madison county, Indiana, where he still resides. 

John B. Pritchard was reared in his home county, and as a boy had 
the advantages of the district schools. VVbiile he was in Kansas he 
attended a select school. In 1888 at the age of twent;/-five he returned 
to Anderson, and after following different occupations became con- 
nected with the police force in 1893. He was afterwards promoted to 



406 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

captain, and from captain was finally made superintendent of the city 
police. His service has been unusually satisfactory, and the best evi- 
dence of this is the fact that he has served under both Democratic and 
Republican administrations, and has maintained the force at a high state 
of discipline, and has always cooperated with the agencies of lavr and 
order, so that Anderson is regarded as one of the best policed cities in 
the state. 

Mr. Pritchard married oMiss Armintha Smith, of Kansas, daughter 
of William Smith, a prominent citizen of that state. Their union has 
been blessed by the birth of five children, namely: Hilton M., Essie 
May, Gladys, John N., and George W. Essie May is the wife of A. 
Clemmons of Anderson. Mr. Pritchard is affiliated with the Knights of 
Pythias, and the Loyal Order of ^loose. His home in Anderson is at 
1214 West Fifth Street. By his long residence in ^Madison county, and 
his position on the police force he has secured an extensive acquaint- 
ance not only in this county but in many of the adjoining counties of the 
state. 

David Eshelman. The business of contractor and builder has been 
the vocation of Mr. Eshelman, since his early manhood. Th« degree of 
accomplishment in such a career is open to inspection, for there are 
hundreds of homes, business v.nd public structures through this section 
of Indiana that are the practical testimony of his skill and ability. 

Representing one of the pioneer families of ]\Iadi5Gn county and one 
of the leading men in his line of business, Mr. Esiielman M'as born in 
Madison county, on a farm four miles north of the city of Anderson in 
Lafayette township on January' 16, 1850. His father was John Eshel- 
man, a native of Pennsylvania, where he spent his youth and .".ciiuired 
a common school education. He married ilrs. Nancy (Mustard) Elliott, 
an aunt of Daniel Mustard, so v/ell knov/n at Anderson. Grandfather 
George jfustard was a pioneer settler of Madison county, and th,. maiden 
name of his v/ife was Miss Delay. After his marriage, John "Eshelman, 
the father, settled on a farm in Lafayette township, and conducted a 
farm of three hundred acres, a place which he did much to develop from 
its original wild state. He contiiuied to live on the farm until his dea.th 
in 1870. His wife, who survived him. died in 1392. 

David Eshelman was reared on the farm just described, and during 
the winter tenns for a number of years attended the district school in the 
neighborliood. When h-e was seventeen years old he was qualified and 
obtained a certificate to teach, and spent about three years in that voca- 
tion in the country districts. Abandoning the profession of teacher, he 
took up the trade of carpenter, and in a few years became identified 
with building and contracting. 

In 1875, Mr. Eshelman married Miss Charity Scott. The two sons 
born to their mariiage are Ross W., a carpenter and contractor, and 
Albert A., who is at home ^vith his father. After the marriage, David 
Eshelman located on a farm for sortie time, and later moved into Ander- 
son. Since establishing himself in business in the county seat, he has 
erected a large number of the better residences in the city, many store 
buildings, and had a contract for much of the work on the Union Build- 
ing, the six-story structure which is one of the best oface buildings in 
this section of the state. On the basis cf hig performance, the name of 
David Eshelman stands for quality and efficiency. He does much work 
in the eountiy districts in iMadison county, and in neighboring towns. 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 407 

He is noted for his honorable and thorough work, and is himself a 
skilled workman, a fact which has stood him to good advantage in his 
business. Mr. Eshelmau has a comfortable home at 124 Fifth Street in 
Anderson. In politics he takes much interest on the Democratic side, 
and has served as a member of the city council, and was trustee of the 
township, before he came to Andereon. Fraternally he is well known in 
Masonic circles, being affiliated with Mount Moriah Lodge No. 77, A. F. 
& A. M., Anderson Chapter No. 52 R. A. M. and Anderson Commandery 
No. 2, K. T. 

Chester F. Scott. The firm of Scott & Mead, plumbers and dealers 
in heating and plumbing supplies, is one of the well known business con- 
cerns of Anderson, established here in recent years, with Chester F. 
Scott as junior member of the firm. Mr. Scott was bom in Windfall, 
Tipton county, Indiana, on January 25, 18S3, and is the son of Dr. TV. 
F. and Ada V. (Conkling) Scott. The father is a "West Virginian by 
birth and there he spent his early days, coming to Indiana while yet in 
his young manhood. He is still living, and is in his sixty-first year, 
making his liome at Lin wood, Indiana, where he is actively eogaged in 
the practice of medicine, and in the enjoyment of a widespread clientele. 

Chester F. Scott is the only son of his parents. He was educated in 
the township schools of the community where he was bom and reared, 
and he finislied his public school training in the Anderson high school, 
where he continued for three years. Upon lea\ang school he entered the 
Voorhees CommerciaJ College in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he secured 
an excellent business training, that has stood him in excellent stead 
since he came to be a business man on his own responsibility. During his 
school years, Mv. Scott had at intervals applied himself to the plumbing 
trade as a helper, and it Avas in odd hours of practice thus gained that 
he came to cjualif}- as a in'actieal plumber. When he bad completed his 
college course, he cast about for a suitable opening for a vv'ell trained 
young business man, and the result of his investigation was that he asso- 
ciated himself in a business partnership with G. C. I\Iead, under the firm 
name of the Scott & Mead. The new firm met with a pleasing success 
from its inception, and they are known today as two of the most suc- 
cessful and enterprising young men in the city. They are qualified to 
do all kinds of plumbing, both in the city and oountrv' finding an ample 
field for their activities, and they carry a full line of plumbmg supplies 
such as might be found in any well conducted establi-jliment of its kind, 
and both members of the firm being practical and successful plumbers, 
they are able to carry on the entire work of the establishment v/ith but 
little outside help. The splendid business training that Mr. Scott 
received in Indianapolis has been of inestimable value to him in this 
venture, and tbeir afiairs are conducted on a strictly business basis, 
prominence and success coming to them in generous measure. 

Mr. Scott was married on May 22_. 1911, to Miss Vera Esther Fin- 
frock, of Covington, Ohio, a daughter of Frank P. and Emma (Phipps) 
Finfrock. One son, Benjamin Ferris, has been born to them. 

The fraternal relations of llr. Scott are maintained in Linwood 
Lodge No. 793, Independent Order of Odd Fellovrs, with membership in 
Linwood Lodge No. 639, Rebekahs, and the encampment at /uiderson. 

Augustus T. Dye. A former county recorder and one of the most 
popular men in public arTairs of Madison county. IMr. Dye has a promi- 

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408 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

nent place in financial circles of Anderson, being assistant secretary and 
treasurer of the Farmer's Trust Company, of which he was the original 
organizer. The Farmer's Trust Company is one of the most substantial 
organizations -of its kind in this section of the state, and among its 
directors are many of the reliable business men and well knov/n cit^ens 
of both Anderson and the surrounding country. 

The career of Augustus T. Dye began in Clermont county Ohio 
where he was born July 27, 1864, belonging to an old faniilv of that 
state. His gi-andfather was James Dye, a pioneer of Ohio. The father 
was Francis M. Dye, who was born in Ohio, and for many rears an 
attorney. His deatli occurred during the year 1866, after 'four years 
service in U. S. Army. He married Miss Amanda Manchester, who 
was born in Kentucky, a daughter of Hiram Manchester and grand- 
daughter of Chas. C. Manchester, who began his career as a minister 
in his eighteenth year and was widely known among the early settlers 
of Ohio as a preacher, living to the advanced age of eighty years. On 
the mother's side another ancestor, through a collateral branch, was 
Roger Williams, the noted character' of early New England history, 
who in order to attain freedom of worship, according to his ovrn idea's' 
left the old I^lassaclmsetts colony, and settled in Kbode Island where 
he gathered about him a small congTegation and founded what was knov/n 
as Providence and lihode Island plantations. :\Irs. Amanda Dye is 
still living at Ilanierville, Ohio, and was the mother of tvv'o children. 

Augustus T. Dye spent his early boyhood on a farm in Ohio, and 
attended both the common and high schools at Felicity, Ohio, until com- 
pleting his education in the high school. He then returned to the farm 
and engaged in its various duties until he was twenty-one years uf age. 
His experience since that time has connected him with the larger phases 
of business life. He spent two and a half years as traveling salesman in 
Ohio, and then came to Anderson, where he followed various lines of 
employment. His popularity as a citizen in 1893 resulted in his election 
to the office of county recorder, ar.d he gave four years of faithful and 
intelligeiit service in that capacity. He was a Repubiiean and had th.e 
distinction of being the only candidate on the Republican ticket who 
was successful in that election. On the expiration of his term of orfice 
as recorder he spent three years in the mercantile business, and then 
with others as his associates, organized the Farmer's Trust Bank. On 
the_ organization of this well known financial enterprise he was made 
assistant secretary and treasurer and has held those offices ever snice. 

ilr. Dye was first man-ied to ]Miss A^nna A\Tes. daughter 
of William and Nancy Ayres. The three children" born to "this 
union were: Han/ey, nov/ an employe of the Pennsylvania Rail- 
road Company, with headquarters in Indianapolis; Lula, graduate 
of the high school, and a teacher of mAisic; and Stella, now a'sturlent in 
the high school of Anderoon. The mother of these children died on 
April 22, 1899. Mr. Dye subsequently married .Miss Lida Brooks, of 
Anderson, a daughter of E. A. and Catherine Brooks. Mrs. Dye before 
her marriage was for seven years a teacher in the schools or Anderson, 
arid is remembered as one of the most efficient and popular in ihe pro- 
fession at the time. Mr. Dye has membership in Fellowship Lodge No. 
881, A. F. & A. M., Anderso!! Chapter No. 52 R. A. M.. Anderson Com- 
mandery No. 32, K. T., Indianapolis Consistory, has attained thirty-two 
degrees of the Scottish. Rite JTasonry, nr.d is a member of ]Murat Temple 
of the Mystic Shrine in Indianapolis. His other fraternal affiliations are 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 409 

with the Elks Lodge No. 209 at Anderson. His residence in Anderson 
is at 920 West Fifth Street. 

Emereth E. Luse. a prominent and old-established real estate man 
of Anderson, IVIr. Luse has been identified with this city in a successful 
and public spirited manner for many years, and is numbered among the 
citizens who have been instrumental in helping promote many projects 
for the upbuilding and progress of this community. The firm of Luse 
i Ilardie is the largest office for real estate and insurance in Anderson, 
and both members of the firm are well known and able business men. 

Emereth E. Luse was born upon a farm near Elwood in Tipton 
eouuty, January 5, 1872. William H. Luse,. his father, was born in 
Franklin county, Indiana, February 17, 1846, and married Lucinda 
(Beeler) Luse, who was born in AVayne county this state, August 20, 
1S45. After their marriage the parents settled in Tipton county, where 
they remained until 1871, at which time they moved to a farm near the 
line of INIadison county, but stiU later bought a farm of forty-five acres 
just outside the corporate limits of the city of Elwood. which has been 
their home ever since. This is an extremely valuable farm, is excellently 
well improved and has furaished a delightful and profitable iiomestead 
to the family. The older 'Mv. hnsie is a Republican, and was a Union 
soldier in the Civil war, has always taken a lively interest in local and 
state politics, though he has never sought or held office. 

Mr. E. E. Luse spent his early boyhood on the Tipton county farm, 
and was a student in the district schools there until moving to the vicin- 
ity of Elwood, when he entered the high school of that city and grad- 
uated with the class of 1S93. After that he taught school in Benton 
county, this state and was clerk in a clothing store and dry goods store, 
an oecu[)ation which he followed until 1902. 

Moving to Anderson in the latter year, Mr. Lusp was appointed Dep- 
uty County Treasurer under T. L. Dehority and continued in that 
relation during the two terms, or four years, during which Air. Dehority 
was treasurer, and then succeeded and held the same office under Air. 
George F. Quick, the succeeding treasurer of the county. In 1910, Mr. 
Luse formed a partnership with Henry P. Hardie, under the firm name 
of Luse & Hardie, and opened offices for real estate and iiisurance 
business, handling both, city and farm property. By their large 
acquaintance throughout the county, and by enterprising business meth- 
ods, they have advanced their firm to the leading one of its kind in the 
fity of Anderson. Air. Hardie, the other partner, is postmaster at 
Anderson at this writing. 

On Alarch 20, 1900. Air. Luse married Aliss Edith Al. Jones of 
Elwood, who was originally from Pennsylvania ajid subsequently became 
a resident of Aladison county. Airs. Luse was born in AtcKeesport, 
Pennsylvania. Fraternally Air. Luse is affiliated with the Elks Lodge 
at Anderson, and with the Loyal Order of Aloose Lodge No. 1. In 
P<^litics he is a Republican, and he and his \\ife are active members of 
the Central Christian Church, Airs. Luse being prominent in church, 
'^•ircles, and especially the Ladies Aid Society. Air. Luse is treasurer and 
prominent in the work of the associated charities of Anderson. The 
finn of Luse Sc Hardie have well equipped offi-ces in the Neely Block, 
and Air. Luse and familv reside at 102 West Fourth Street. 



410 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

Edward C. Handy, As treasurer aud general manager of the Indi- 
ana Ice & Dairy Company at Anderson, ISlr. Handy has the practical 
control of one of this city's most servicable industries. The United 
States Department of Agriculture estimates that milk and cream to- 
gether furnish fifteen percent of the total food of the average American 
family, and with this fact before us it is possible to estimate the impor- 
tance of the milk business in every coninuinity. The Indiana lee and 
Dairy Company, with which Mr. Handy has been connected as man- 
ager for the past fifteen years, manufactures and bottles pasteurized 
milk and cream, and at the same tim.e manufactures butter. The com- 
pany has built up a very large local business and from a small begin- 
ning has been obliged to. enlarge the capacity of the plant from time to 
time in order to handle the largely increased trade. The milk is gathered 
in from the dairy farmers of the surrounding country, and througli 
the medium of this model plant is distributed to a large patronage in 
the city. The capacity for butter-maldng is five ton per day, and the 
plant has a capacity of bottling milk at fifteen hundred gallons per day. 
The plant is a brick building, and is equipped with the latest and most 
improved machinery, and the entire service is conducted on the must 
approved sanitary principles. The Indiana Ice & Dairy Company was 
incorporated in 1907, and -the chief officers at the present time are: Otis 
P. Crim, president; "William C. Collier, vice-president and secretary; 
and Edward C. Handy, treasurer and general manager. 

Edward C. Handy was bom in Hancock county. Indiana, July T, 
1865, and has had a varied career since he began liEe on his own account. 
His parents v/ere Minos F. and Elizabeth (Chandler) Handy. His 
father was born in Indiana in 1837, v/as a farmer for a number of years, 
and was for a long time court bailifi: of Hancock county. In polities he 
was a staunch Democrat. The grandfather on the father's side was 
William Handy, who was born in Virginia and became one of the pio- 
neer settlers in Hancock county, Indiana. The maiden name of his 
wife was Smith Eldrige, who vras also born in Virginia. 

Mr. Handy, one of nine children, five of whom are still living, 
attended school in a schuoi house of Hancock county vv'hich was known 
far and v/ide as the old Handy school housi?, and was a landmark in 
that section of the country. He attended school during the ^-inters 
and assisted his father on the fairn during the summers. After leav- 
ing the farm he went to Tipton, Indiana, where he became clerk in a 
general store that being the beginning of his general business experi- 
ence. He subsequently lived v/ith his Uncle John Handy until his 
seventeenth year. Three years after ihat he was clerk in a general store 
at IMorristown in Shelby county, and at the expiration of that time 
entered a drug store and thus equipped himself for another line of 
enterprise. 

Mr. Handy has been identified with his present line of industry for 
more than thirty years. In 1891 he becarae connected with a creamery 
at Morristown, Indiana, and while there laid a solid foundation of 
experience in that business. Then in 1897 he came to Anderson to take 
charge of the Indiana Ice & Dairy Company, and his management has 
been largely responsible for the success and large growth of this 
business. 

In 1891 Mr. Handy mairied Miss Mabel Boes, of Kenton, Ohio, 
daughter of James and Elizabeth Boes. Mr. Handy is affiliated with the 



HISTORY OF ]MADISON COUNTY 411 

Knights of Pythias, and his attractive home is at 303 Jackson Street 
in Anderson. 

Frank D. Pence. As the owner of a large and well equipped livery 
and sales stable in the city of Anderson, Mr. Pence has gained marked 
success and is known as one of the aggressive, enterprising and sub- 
stantial business men of Madison county. In addition to a general livery 
business of important order he has built up a profitable enterprise in 
the buying and selling of horses, and he is recognized as an authorita- 
tive judge of equine values. He has a wide circle of friends in Madi- 
son county and further interest attaches to the record of his achieve- 
ment by reason of the fact that he is a native son of this county and a 
member of one of its old and honored families. 

Mr, Pence was born on the homestead farm of his father, in Rich- 
mond towTiship, Madison county, Indiana, and the date of his nativity 
was April 19, 1865. He is a son of John J. and Rhoda (Coburn) Pence, 
the former of whom continued to reside on his farm until his death, 
in 1908, at a venerable age, his devoted wife having passed to the life 
eternal in 1893 and having been a daughter of John Coburn, another 
sterling pioneer of Indiana and for many years a well known citizen of 
Kichland to^\'nship, Madison county. John J. Pence was born near 
Connersville, "Wayne county, Indiana, and virtually his entire active 
career was one of close and efrective identification with the great 
basic industry of agriculture. He was numbered among the early set- 
tlers of jNIadison county and rvas long known as one of the representa- 
tive farmers and stock-growers of Richland to^\Tiship, where he was the 
owner of an excellent farm of one hundred and twenty-eight acres, upon 
which he made the best of improvements, including the erection of sub- 
stantial buildings. He died in Union township. He was a soldier dur- 
ing the Civil war and a Democrat in politics. He was a man of inflexible 
integi-ity and well fortified views, was liberal and loyal as a citizen and 
commanded the high regard of all who knew him. His father, Adam 
Pence, was one of the very early settlers of Madison couaiy and did 
well his part in the development and upbuilding of this section of the 
state, the while he was known and honored for his sterling qualities. 

Frank D. Pence has never had cause to regret the discipline which 
he received in the formative period of his life, and in connection with 
the work of the home fann he learned valuable lessons of responsibility 
and practical industry. He made good use of the advantages afforded 
in the district schools and continued to be associated with his father in 
the work and management of the home farm until he had attained to 
his legal majority. At the age of twenty-five years he took unto himself 
a wife, who has proved a devoted companion and helpmeet, and shortly 
^ter this important event in his career he rented the old Pence home- 
stead, upon which he instituted independent operations as an agricul- 
turist and stockgrower. He applied himself with characteristic energy 
and ambition and thus his success v.-as of substantial order. After the 
passage of a few years he purchased a farm of one hundred and tv/elve 
acres, in Union township, and in addition to continuing his successful 
operations as an agriculturist he began to purchase horses, which he 
brought into good condition and placed upon the market. His opera- 
tions in this branch of his enterprise expanded in scope and impoiiance 
and at various times he was the owner of exceptionally valuable horses, 
several of which he sold at an approximate sum of five h^indred dollars 



412 ■ HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

each. He is still the owner of his farm, upon which he has made such 
improvements as to mark the place as one of the model farms of the 
county, and he gives to the place a general supervision and he is also tho 
owner of a considerable amount of real estate in the city of Anderson. 

■ Mr, Pence continued to reside on his farm until 1899, when he re- 
moved to Anderson, w^here he engaged in the livery business and also 
continued the buying and selling of horses, in both of which lines of 
enterprise he is now one of the leading representatives in iladison 
county. In 1906 Mr. Pence purchased the Oliver Osburn livery and 
sales stables, which constitute one of the landmarks of Anderson, and 
here he has since continued his successful business operations. His 
Btables are well supplied with excellent horses and vehicles and he gives 
careful attention to maintaining of the livery department of his busi- 
ness at a high standard, with the result that the same received a large 
and appreciative patronage. His operations as a dealer in horses are 
based on a technical knowledge gained through wide experience and 
he controls a most prosperous business in this line. 

Though liberal and public-spirited in his civic attitude, Mr. Pence 
has had no desire for the honors and emoluments of political office. He 
accords a staunch allegiance to the Democratic party and in a fraternal 
way he is idejitified with the local organi7ations of the Loyal Order of 
Moose and the Improved Order of Red Men. 

In the year 1892 ]\Ir. Pence was united in marriage to jliss Susan 
Brcneuburgh, of Chesterfield, this county, and they became the parents 
of three children, Leslie and Hcizel M., both of wl)om are deceased; and 
Harold L., who remains at the parental home, the same being an atirac- 
tive residence at 802 Park avenue. 

- C. K. McCuLLOUGiT. Until his death on October 31, 1909, Carroll K. 
McCullough was one of the foremost leaders in the business activities 
of Anderson and ■\Iadison county. He was known as a banker in the 
local insurance field, as a legislator, and in many ways was ideritified 
with the public life of his county and state. The ^[cCuiloughs have 
for sixty years been prominenr, in the history of Madison comity, and 
members of three generations have given their enterprise and character 
to the fram.ing and development of the varied life and interests of 
this loealit}.'. 

The late C. K. McCullough was born in "Madison county, September 
4, 1855. The old McCullough homestead farm v,-as located near the 
city of Anderson, and the late Ivlr. ^McCullough retained its ow^ncrship 
until his death. He whs a son of Neei C. and ]\iaria (Edgerle) McCul- 
lough. His grandfather w^as one of five brothers who cauie from Scot- 
land and located at Osford in Butler county, Ohio. 

Neel C. McCullough, who during his day and generation took a 
prominent part in commercial affairs in ^tadison county, was born in 
Butler county, Ohio, December 25, 1S20, was educnted in the Miami 
University and was a classmate of the former president. Benjamin Harri- 
son. At Oxford he learned the drug trade, and in 1852, having located 
at Muncie, Indiana, he established a hardv/are store there. Two years 
later, in 1854, he moved to Madison county and located on a small farm 
two miles southwest of A.nderson. He proved an enterprising and suc- 
cessful farmer, and eventually became the owner of eight hundred acres 
of improved land. 

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Bank, the first financial institution in the history of Anderson. In 
that enterprise he was associated ^vith Byron K. Elliott, who afterwards 
became chief justice of the Supreme Court of Indiana. When the 
National Bank Act became a law in 1863, Mr. ]McCullough and ]Mr. J. G. 
Stilwell organiz:ed the Citizens Bank into the First National . Bank of 
Anderson, with Mr. ^MeCullough as cashier. But he afterward with- 
drew from the institution and for several years was actively engaged in 
the grocery and hardware business. 

The First National Bank having in the meantime failed, Neel C, 
McCullough, in 1871, organized the Citizens Bank, which he managed 
alone until 1873. His son, the late Carroll Kay, then became interested 
in the bank, and the tirm was thereafter known as N. C. McCullough 
& Company. In 1897 "W-. T. Durbin, of Indianapolis, and later gover- 
nor of Indiana, was admitted to the firm and the capital was increased 
to fifty thousand dollars. In 1881 Mr. D. F. Mustard took the interest 
of C. K. ]\IcCullough, and the latter then retired, but four years later 
bought ]^[r. ^Mustard's interest. In 1887 the Citizens and the iMadison 
Banks were consolidated under the name of N. C. McCullough & Com- 
pany, with N. C. ]McCullough as general manager. While a banker the 
latter also inanagecl his large farming and other interests. In 1868 he 
platted N. C. ilcCuUough's first addition to Anderson, a tract of land 
now comprising that portion of the northwestern Cfuarter of the city. In 
1875 he bouglit the Artificial Gas Plant, operating it until 18S7, when 
natural gas v/as discovered. He was an active Eepublicau until the nom- 
ination of Horace Greeley by the Democrats in 1872, and then became 
a Democrat and was active in the cause of the latter party as he had 
been in behalf of the Republicans. 

The wife of Neel C. ]McCullcugh v/as born m Sehnectady, New York, 
and was a daughter of George W. Edgerlee, who went f roux New Hamp- 
shire to New York arid later to MontgO]uer>' county, Ohio. The daughter 
was reared in Ohio, and was educated at Ox.ford Female College, being 
a schoolmate of Carrie Scott, who afterward married Benjamin Harrison, 
president of the United States, ^.frs. Neel C. ^IcCullough is a leading 
member of the Methodist churcli in Anderson.. She resides in the old 
homestead in that city, and became the mother of five children, three of 
whom grew to adult years. The daughter Bertha M. became the wife of 
Hon. W. T. Durbin, a former governor of Indiana ; Carroll K. was the 
next younger; and ^faud married Dr. C. N. Branch. 

The late C. K. McCullough was reared in Anderson and began, his 
education in the local schools. While attending Asbury (now DePauw) 
University at Greericastle occurred the failure of the First National 
Bank of Anderson and then the reorganization by his father of the 
Citizens Bank, and at this juncture in the com.rnunity and family's 
financial affairs his father gave Carroll the choice either to continue 
school or to go in business with the newly organized Citizens Bank. He 
chose the latttr course, and at fj\e age of eighteen years became identified 
with bankiiig, and continued with the Citizens Bank until 1881. In that 
year he assum.ed the management of the Artificial Gas Plant, and thus 
continued until the plant was abandoned in 1887. 

In the great era of local bu.-iness improvement which set in with the 
discovery of natural gas in 1887, the late Mr. McCullough became one 
of the most energetic factors, and not only developed a large business 
of his own, but lent his efforts liberally and freely to the general welfare 
of the communitv. At the outset of Anderson's prosperity following 



414 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

gie natural gas discovery :\Ir. McCuIlough laid out iiinetv-one lots in 
Fark Place and twenty-seven lots in what was known as the'second addi- 
, tion, and m order to stimulate purchase he built fourteen houses aU of 
which were quickly sold, as well as the majority of the lots In 1890 
m connection with ^Y. T. Durbin and other members of the familv :\r,-' 
McCulloug-h built what has long been known as the post-office "b'lo^k' 
with a frontage of seventy-two feet on Ninth street, a three-storv build- 
ing, one of the largest and most conspicuous structures" in the business 
history of this time. He also o^\Tied a large farm on Pendleton Pike 
southwest of Anderson, and he was one of the leading men in the organi- 
zation of the Anderson Driving Park Association, the association ha°vin£^ 
eighty-four acres of level gi-ound and a fine one-mile track He was 
also the owner of Riverside Park, a beautiful plat of ground between 
Anderson and the White river. 

Mr. McCuIlough continued activel'y identified with the Citizens BaTik 
of Anderson until the organization of the Liberal Life lusurauce Com- 
pany m 1900, and thereafter was nominally in the -bank in the capacity 
of manager. He was secretary and manager of the newlv organized 
Liberal Life Insurance Company, and was one of the eleven oiidual 
directors, of whom nine survived in 1909. the time of the death of Mr 
McCuIlough. The other associates in the insurance company at W 
beginning were: The late ^lajor J. H. Terhune, R. P. Grimes, Thomas 
J. Nichol, Daniel Goehler, James Wellington, Geo^^gp Shrecve S L 
Van Patten and Robert Schenck. After the death of .Mayor Terhune in 
March of 1909 Senator ]\IcCullough became president and manager of 
the company, and this addition to his many other interests and duties 
was largely responsible for his quickly failing health, endino- iu his 
death. ° 

C. K. McCuIlough was an active Democrat, and was a meraber of 
the state senate at the time of his death. He had ])eeu elected a state 
senator m 190^, and served in the session beginning in 1909, but still 
had the second session before him. In 1907 he was elected a member of 
the House of Representatives. In 188S he had been the nominee of his 
party for senator from 3Iadison and Grant counties, but the district was 
then strongly Republican and he was accordingly defeated. He also 
gave local service as a school trustee and city councilman, and to the 
extent of his ability was always ready to assist and co-operate with local 
enterprises. He organized the first volunteer fire department of Ander- 
son, and was secretary and treasurer of every fair association until his 
passing away. He organized and was the first exalted ruler of the 
Anderson Lodge, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, was a past 
commander of Anderson Commandery, Knights Templars, and wa3 
also a past master and a past high priest of other bodies in the York 
Rite, and at the time of his death was treasurer of Mt. ^Moriah Lodge 
A. P. & A. M. and Grand Senior AYarden of the Grand Commandery of 
the state of Indiana. His other fraternal affiliations were with the 
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Royal Arcanum and the 
National Union. 

In 1877 ]\lr. McCuIlough married Miss Hattie Black, who was born 
in Union county, Indiana, a daughter of IMcL^arland Black, one of the 
pioneer farmers of Richland township. M^rs. ]McCaIlough received her 
education in the Anderson high school. Their three children are JMildred, 
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HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 415 

Neel, M. McCullough. As cashier of the Citizens Bank of Ander- 
son, as a member of the firm of Vinnedge-McCulloiigh Real Estate 
Agency and as president of the Pierce Speed Controller Company, 
Neel M. McCullough is a worthy successor of his late father, and though 
one of the youngest independent business men, is successfully super- 
vising the many important interests entrusted to his management. 

Neel M. McCullough was born in the city of Anderson, March 19, 
1886, the only son of the late Carroll K. and Hattie B. (Black) McCul- 
lough. His early education was obtained in the grammar and high 
schools at Anderson, and after graduating from the latter ho entered 
Culver Military Academy at Lake Maxinkuckee, where he was graduated 
in 1904. In the fall of the same year he entered the University of ]\Iich- 
igan, but left that institution after one year to enter the banking busi- 
ness. Entering the Citizens Bank in 1905, he went through the entire 
routine of banking, and in 1911 was promoted to the office of cashier, 
his present position. He is the secretary and treasurer of the Anderson 
Club, the city's leading social organization. 

In 1907 occurred the marriage of ]\Ir. McCullough to Miss Char- 
lotte Gedge, a daughter of Burton H. Gcdge, one of Anderson's well 
known business men. The two eliildren born to Mr. and ]Mrs. ilcCul- 
lough are Carroll Kay and Burton Gedge. Mr. ^IcCullough is a 
prominent ^lason, affiliated with Mt. !Moriah Lodge, No. 77. A. F. & 
A. M., of which he is the treasurer; with Anderson Chapter, No. 52, 
R. A. M. ; Anderson Council, No. 62, R. & S. ]\I. ; and Anderson Com- 
mandery. No. 32, K. of T. He also has fraternal relations with the 
Royal Arcanum and the order of Ben Hur. The ^IcCuUough home 
is a substantial brick residence at 424 AYest Tenth sti-eet. 

James ^I. Larmoke. Born near Areola, Douglass county. Illinois, 
September 26, 1874, the youngest son of ^latthew T. and Mary (AYild- 
ridge) Larraoi'e. The father was born in Hamilton county, Ohio, August 
15, 1832, the mother in Franklin county, Indiana, January 1, 1834. 

The son attended the comnion schoors of Indiana and graduated in 
1891, after which he spent some years on the farm, reading law in the 
winter, and one year in the office of Lovett & Holloway, Anderson, Indi- 
ana, up to 189S, when he engaged in the insurance business. lOeating in 
Pendleton, Indiana. He continued there for a period of about three 
years, after wliich time he moved to Anderson, Indiana, and engaged 
in the same business with the old firm of Jackson & Burr, it' 
being known after his connection therewith as The Jackson-Burr Com- 
pany, which continued in the insurance business from the time of his 
connection to the first day of January, 1913, when the company v.-as con- 
solidated with the Farmers Trust Company, of which ^Ir. Larmore is 
now a stockholder and on its Board of Directors. He is also State Agent 
for Indiana and Illinois for the Norwich Union Fire lusuranee Society, 
having held this position since 1904. 

He was married to Laura A. Lewis, October 16, 1901. Laura A. 
I^wis was the daughter of James M, and Eli/a ^^l. Lewis of ^larkie- 
ville, Indiana. 31r. and ]Mrs. Larmore have three children, tv.o daugh- 
ters and a son, Eliza Agnes, ^tary Louise and James Matthew. The 
father of Mr. Larmore is still living at the age of eighty-one. ':he mother 
baving died at the age of seventy-seven years. The home of the Lar- 
more family is at 300 AA'est Thirteenth Street, Anderson, Ipdiana. 



416 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

Sanford M. Keltner. Emineutly entitled to specific recognition in 
this history of Madison county is 'Mr. Keltner, who was one of the repre- 
sentative members of the bar of this section of the state for twenty -six 
years. He is president of the Anderson Tnist Company and vice-presi- 
dent of the Anderson Computing Scale Company, two of the important 
corporations of the county, and he is known and honored as a ciiLzen of 
substantial worth of character and marked loyalty and public spirit. 

Mr. Keltner claims the Buckeye state as the place of his nativity and 
is a son of one of its sterling pioneer families. He was born in Preble 
county, Ohio, on the 10th of July, 1856, and is a son of Joseph and 
Eachel (Paulus) Keltner. He gained his rudimentary education in 
the schools of his native county and was about nine years of age when, 
in 1865, the family removed to Darke county, Ohio, where his mother's 
death occurred when he was eleven years of age. Shortly afterward 
Mr. Keltner came to Indiana and found a home with James F. Burgess, 
an old gentleman who. was then living two and one-half miles south 
of Richmond, ^Yayne county. ]\Ir. Keltner remained in this kindly 
home until he had attained to the age of fifteen years, and in the mean- 
while he had duly availed himself of the advantages of the local schools. 
At the age noted he went lo Pierceton, Kosciusko county, this state, 
where his father liad established a home after contracting a second mar- 
riage. At Pierceton the subject of this review continued his educational 
discipline in the public schools and he soon proved himself eligible for 
pedagogic honors. For some time he served as an able and popular 
teacher in the scliools of Kosciusko county and in 1S75 he entered the 
Indiana State Normal School at Terre Haute, where he continued his 
higher academic studies for tv.-o }'ears. For several years thereafter he 
divided his time between teaching- and attending school, and in Septem- 
ber, 1881, he came to Anderson and assumed the position of principal 
of the ptiblic schools. He was most earnest and successful in his work 
in this connection. Afte.- devoting three years to teaching and execu- 
tive duties in the city schools ]Mr. Keltner initated the work of preparing 
himself for the exacting profession in which he has achieved m.uch of 
distinction and preoedcuce. In Jane, 1884, he began the study of law 
in the office and under the able preceptorship of the firm of Kobiason & 
Lovett, and he made rapid progress in his absorption and assimilation 
of the science of jurisprudence, with the result that he was admitted to 
the bar in 1886. After having been for three years identified with tiie 
activities of the ftrm mentioned, its mem^bers shovred their appreciation 
of his character and ability by admitting him to partnership, where- 
upon the title of the firm was changed to Robinson, Lovett & Keltner. 
This effective alliance continued until Colonel Robinson, the senior 
member of the firm, was called to the bench of the appellate court, after 
which the firm of Lovett &, Keltner continued the business. The firm 
of Chipman, Keltner & Hendee, of which 'Mv. Keltner subsequently be- 
came a member, w-as formed on the 1st of June, 1893, and gained pres- 
tige as one of the leading lav; firms in this part of the state. On the 1st 
of June, 1910, ]\Ir. Keltner severed his connection with the law firm of 
Chipman, Keltner & Hendee, of which he had been an honored and 
valued member for a period of seventeen years, and thereupon he 
assumed the active management of the Anderson Trust Company, of 
which 'he is now president and to the affairs of which he gives all of 
his time and attention. He is one of the alert and liberal men of ^^ladi- 
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HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 417 

material progress and prosperity of his home city, where it may well be 
said that his circle of friends is coincident with that of his acquaiut- 
auces. As a lawyer he has been concerned in much important litigation 
in the courts of this section of the state and his reputation in his chosen 
profession is on a parity with his recognized ability and success as one 
of its prominent representatives in Madison county. 

In politics 'Mr. Keltner has been found a staunch and effective 
exponent of the cause of the Republican party, and while he has not 
been imbued with ambition for political office he has served in local 
positions of trust and in the same has shown himself animated by the 
utniost civic liberality and progressiveness. He was for seventeen 
years a valued member of the Anderson board of education and he has 
been most zealous and enthusiastic in advancing the standard of the 
schools of the county. During the administration of Mayor John H. 
Terhune Mr. Keltner served as president of the board of public works 
of Anderson, and in this position he made his labors inure greatly to 
the good of the city and its people. He is affiliated with the local organ- 
izations of the ^lasonic fraternity, the Benevolent & Protective Order 
of Elks, and the Knights of Pythias. 

On October 20, 1886, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Keltner 
to Miss Alice ^lay Cockeiair, who was born in Union county, this state, 
and who- is a daughter of Sylvanus and ^lary A. Cockefair. The two 
children of this union are Ruth and ^.larj". The family are members of 
the Presbyterian church. 

Daniel L. BoiiAisTD, Clerk of the Court of 3-Iadison county since Jan- 
uary 1, 191], and for a number of years engaged in the insurance and 
loan business, is one of the more prominent and popular men of the city 
and county in which he has long been located. Bom in Ilenrv county, 
Indiana, Daniel L. Boland is the son of Patrick and Ellen (Tierney) 
Roland, the father a native of County Tipperary, Ireland, and the 
mother of the same place. 

Patrick Boland was educated meagrely in th<i schools of his native 
land and passed his boyhood days on a farm. His m.arriage to Ellen, 
daughter of Daniel and Katherine (Kiley) Tierney, took place in Janu- 
ary, 1S45, and some five years later Mr. Boland determined to try his 
fortunes in America. He left his wife and three small children in the 
care of his parents and hers and accordingly set forth, reaching New 
Orleans in 1850 and soon after coming to Dearborn eountv, Indiana. 
Two years later his wife left the Island home to .join- him here, accom- 
panied on the long journey by her only surviving child, two others hav- 
ing died in the absence of the husband and father. In Dearborn county 
the little family, re-united after two years of separation, settled dovrn, 
there remaining until 1855, when they removed to ]Middletown in 
Henry county, Indiana. "While there Mr. Boland was employed as a 
section foreman o?i the railroad, and was a much trusted and faithful 
employe. In 1883 the family removed to Anderson where the father 
died on ^March 21, 1884, aged sixty-six yea"rs. He was a staunch Demo- 
crat, taking a true Irishman's interest in the politics of his community, 
and being ever the loyal supporter of his Democratic friends in their 
political aspirations. He was a Catholic, as was his faithful wife, a ad 
they reared their family of tv>-elve children in the faith of their fathers. 
At the time of the death of Mr. Boland seven of the children were living 
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418 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

universally admired and esteemed, and he still lives in the memory of 
many friends who knew him as he was. 

Daniel Boland received his primary education in the public schools 
of Middleto\sTi and afterward attended the high school at Anderson, 
Indiana. Leaving school in his teens, he entered the employ of his 
brother, who was a member of the firm of Boland & Burke, gas fitters, 
and for two years he continued with them. He then entered the service 
of the Pennsylvania Railroad as an operator, later came to be Super- 
visor's Court clerk holding the latter position for two years. He was 
then appointed deputy treasurer, serving under his brother, "William 
Boland, county treasurer, and for two years was thus employed. IV'Ir. 
Boland then formed a partnership on his own responsibility, engaging 
in the insurance business under the firm style of Cornelius & Boland. 
This firm lived for three years, during which time they built up a nice 
business, and it later came to be known as Heritage & Boland, and as 
such continued for five years. During the eight years he was thus con- 
nected he came to have a leading place in insurance circles of the city, 
and was reckoned among the substantial insurance men of the district. 
He afterwards became interested in the firm known as the Netterville, 
Boland & Dye Company, operating in insurance and loans, and for 
a space of two years was thus connected. During this latter period I\Ir. 
Boland had been acting as special agent for the German Insurance 
Company of Indiana and w^as rapidly gaining a position in insurance 
circles. In 1910 he was elected Clerk of the Court for a term of four 
years,, receiving his election at the hands of the Democratic party with 
a most liberal majority, and assuming the duties of the office on Janu- 
ary 1, 1911. He has already demonstrated his splendid capability for 
the duties of the position, and will continue therein uniil Januarv' 1, 
1915. 

Mr. Boland is a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Benevolent 
and Protective Order of Elks, and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He 
is socially a member of the Brovrnson Club and the Antler's Club._ Other 
business associations that he continues to raaintain are his position as a 
stockholder and director in the Columbian Insurance Company, of 
Indiana, and in the Farmers' Tiiist Company, with which he has long 
been connected. ITis acquaintance in Anderson and the county is a 
wide one, and his list of friends is one that is fairly coincident with 
that of his acquaintances. A man of splendid qurilities, he enjoys the 
confidence and esteem of all who k-now him, and lev: are more worthy 
of the high regard accorded than is he. Mr, Boland is unmarried. 

Andrew Ellis. One of the oldest railroad men now living in ^ladi- 
son county, spending his declining years in restful retirement at his 
comfortable horae in Anderson, Andrew Ellis can look back over a faith- 
ful, honorable record of forty-one years and eleven months spent in the 
service of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. He was born at Econ- 
omy, "Wayne county ,'^ Indiana, September 17, 1841, and is a son of Sam- 
uel and Abigail (Key) Ellis. His father, born in Greenfield, Tennessee, 
in 1798, reraoved to Wayne county, Indiana, in 1830, and settled in the 
woods whr-re he purchased land, cieart^d it and made a home for his 
family. He was also a blacksmith, and later in life moved to Howard 
county, Indiana, locating on a farm of eighty acres, where he spent the 
remainder of his life in general farming and stock raising. "Mr. Ellis 
married Abigail Key, who was born in 1810, in Blount county, Tf^nnes- 



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see, moved to Wajme county, Indiana, in 1833, and died in 1893, aged 
eighty-three years. They became the parents of three sons and three 
daughters, of whom but two children still survive : Andrew ; and Mahala, 
who is now Mrs. Barr and resides at Argos, Marshall county, Indiana. 

Andrew Ellis secured his education in the primitive log schoolhouse 
in Howard county, Indiana, and subsequently went to the high school 
of New London, Indiana, the high school in Kokomo and Bryant and 
Stratton Commercial School at Indianapolis. In 1865 Mr. Ellis went 
to Missouri, and during that year and 1866 was engaged in teaching 
school, then reuming to "Windfall, Indiana, where he pursued the voca- 
tion of educator in the winter months and spent the summers in farm- 
ing. In the summer of 1869 he studied telegraphy and did railroad 
office work, and in November of that year was appointed agent for the 
Pennsylvania Lines at "Windfall, Tipton county, Indiana. In Decem- 
ber. 1881, he was transferred to Kokomo, where he was agent until 
1885, then becoming agent for the same road at Anderson, a position 
which he continuec,^ to hold until July 1,1905. He was then appointed 
freight and passenger solicitor for the same road with offices at Anderson, 
and on September 30, 1911. reached the age of retirement, and was 
pensioned by the Ponnsyhania Railroad Company. 

Mr. Ellis has been twice married. His first union was in 1863. when 
he was united with IMiss Arm.ina Jones, of Grant county. Indiana, and 
to this union there was bom one daughter, now Mrs. Belle Lewellen. of 
Kokomo, v/hose husband was for years a telegraph operator. Mr. Ellis 
was married January 21. 1891, to Miss Laberta E. Stebbing. of And- 
erson, a much accomplished lady and a native of iMaryland. They 
have had no children. ^Er. Ellis is a valued and popular member of 
Mt. IMoriah Lodge No. 77. Free and Accepted ^Masons. "\^Tiile well ad- 
vanced in years, a long life of sobriety and probity has left him strong 
in body and intellect, and he continues to take a lively and intelligent 
interest in all matters pertaining to Anderson and its people. "Widely 
known in railroad circles, hp bears the reputation of an industrious, 
honest and conscientious gentleman, and the number of ?iis friends is 
only limited by the extent of his acquaintance. 

Hon. Fraxk p. Foster, Anderson's present mayor, has been one oP 
the city's most progressive and loyal citizens since locating here in 1879. 
Neither as a citizen nor as a representative in the lower branch of the 
State Legislature, at home or abroad, has he. ever let a fitting oppor- 
tunity pass to add his mite to the sum total of praise in favor of Ander- 
son as a busy, enterprising city. A native of Orange county, Indiana, 
after receiving a common and high school education. h«^ took a four 
years' course at the Indiana State TJriiversity. from which he gi'aduated 
in 1879, and immediately afterward located and began the study of law 
in Anderson. Recognizing liis ability and integrity, the Democratic 
partv nominated and elected him as representative to the State Legis- 
lature from Madison county in 1887. honoring him also with a second 
term in 1889. Although a young man, he took an active part in the 
shaping of legislation at that time, and was instrumental in procuring 
what were then some of the pioneer lavvs of the state, but which have 
proven to be m.ost wholesome, for instance the Australian Ballot law 
and the School Book law. 

"While he has always acted in the support of its principles. Mr. 
Poster is not a partisan to the extent of being offensive to those who may 



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420 HISTORY OF :\[AD1S0N COUNTY 

hold contrary views as to men and measures of his party. This has 
incidental proof from the fact that in his race for the mayoralty he 
received the largest plurality ever given to any candidate for that olfice 
in the city of Anderson. He is thoroughly independent in every rela- 
tion of life and follows the leadership of no men or set of men against 
his better judgment. This well-known charactej-istic, with his uuqu<'S- 
tioned reputation for personal honor, has contributed largely to his 
success at the bar and in politics. Mr. Foster for many years has been, 
and now is, the president of the Madison County Bar Association. He 
was city attorney for six years, and discharged the duties of that office 
with rare ability. He became mayor of Anderson in January, 1910, 
and is noAv in the last year of his semce in this high position. It is, 
perhaps, a little early to sum up the work of his administration, and yet 
enough has already been done to warrant the statement that it is one 
which will loom, when completed, with distinct achievements. 

When Mayor Foster took office, the city was full of "blind tigers," 
w^hile there were continual and repeated violations in the sale of liquors. 
Gambling, prostitution, open dance halb and prize fights were indulged 
to a degree offensive to all good citizens. These have been abated, 
while the saloons which operate under the laws are reciuired to strictly 
observe the laws. Yice and crime ha\e both been curbed to a minimum 
in Anderson. 

The economical and efficient service of the several city departments 
cannot be enumerated within the confines assigned to this all too brief 
sketch. But the virtues of ]\[ayor Fester's administratioQ may be gen- 
erally comprehended in the truthful aillnnation that while the price of 
eomiiioditles produced by the plants controlled by the citv have 'cheap- 
ened to the consumer, while taxes have been lowered, while great and 
valuable areas have been purchased for park lands, incliidiug the An- 
derson Fair Grounds, and public drinking fonntai as and other ^helps 
to the public good have been installed, the public debt, v.-ith its heavy 
burden of interest and embarrassment, lias constantly decreased, so 
that although that debt at the beginning of Zvlayor Foster's term v,'as 
$228,000.00. it is now but $50,000.00, and before he leaves the chief 
executive's chair will have been wiped absolutely off the account. Also 
the tax rate which at the beginning of his term was $1.10 on the hun- 
dred dollai-s of assessable property will at its close be but TO cents. 

Mason V. Hunt, M. D. The roster of medical men of Madison county 
who have attained distinction in their profession would be decidedly 
incomplete did it not contain the name of Dr. IMason V. Hunt, one of 
the oldest practitioners of the city of Anderson, and a man widely kncvn 
and highly respected not alone in the ran'ss of his profession.^ but m 
business, social and fraternal circles. For nearly a quarter of a ( en- 
tury he has been ministering to the ills of the people of Anderson, and 
his 'unquestioned talent and sympathetic nature have drawn to him a 
large and representative practice. Dr. Hunt svas born in the city of 
Greenville, Darke county, Ohio. Jannaiw 27, iS48. and is a son of Dr. 
W. A. and Sarah (Wright) Hunt. 

Dr. W. A. Hunt was born in North Carolina, and became an early 
settler of Darke countv, Ohio, where as a youth he began reading medi- 
cine. Subsequently, he entered the Starling Medical College, Columbus, 
and after his graduation therefrom was engaged in practice m Green- 
ville for some time. Later, he came to Indiana and settled on a farm 



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in ^[adison county, not fai" from Anderson, and while engaging in till- 
iiij? the soil continued to practice medicine and surgery. Dr. Hunt dis- 
posed of his farm in 1867 and came to Anderson, to devote his whole 
attention to his profession, and continued in active practice up to the 
time of his death, which occurred February 20, 1889. He was a Quaker 
by religion, as were his father and his grandfather, yet they came of a 
line of fighting men who participated in the various wars of this coun- 
try down to the struggle between the North and South, and many of 
the name held high rank in the Union array during the last-named war. 
Dr. Hunt married Miss Sarah AV right, who was born in oVIaryland, and 
was taken to Ohio by her tathei-, AVilliam "VYright, an early settler of 
Darke county, who vv'as also of Quaker stock. 

ilason V. Hunt received his early education in the pu1)lic and high 
s.'liools of Anderson, this being supplemented by an attendance of two 
years at Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana. Early exhibiting a pre- 
dilection for medicine, doubtless inherited from his father, he began 
his medical studies under tlie pr'eceptorship of the elder m.an, and after 
some preparation entered what is ]iow known a.s the Cincinnati ^Medical 
University, where he was graduated after a very creditable examination 
ill 1874. He at o;iee entered practice at JaJiesville. Alinnesota, where 
he remained one year, subsequently moving to "Waseca, Alinnesota, v.'here 
he passed some eighteen years in a successful practice, and in 1890 made 
his advent into x-Vuderson. wiiieli has since been his field of endeavor. 
He was not lon.g in attracting a clientele, those who had known his 
father being ready to trust their health in the hands of the younger 
man, but he soon demonstrated such ability that he was able to build 
lip a practice ei;tiiely apart from any influence that might be reflected 
apou him on account of the achievements of his sire. He is now known 
a.s aii able practitioner, a steady-handed surgeon, and a close and assid- 
uous studeiit, and his standing among his professional brethren is de- 
servedly nigh. In 1900. Dr. Hunt became medical director of the 
hiheral Life Assurance Company, with which he has been connected in 
the same capacity to the present time. 

In 1SS7, Dr. Hunt wtis united in m^arriage (first) with Miss Adda 
Andrews, of Sherwood, IMinnesota, and to this union was born one son : 
Volney M., an plcctvical engineer. Dr. Hunt's first wife died in 1900, 
aiid he was later married to Mrs. Elizabeth J. Ross, a widou', daughter of 
O. W. Kidv.ell. 

Dr. Hunt is a prominent Alason, being a member of Alt. ]\Ioriah Lodge 
Xo. 77,. F. & A. M.. Anderson Chapter No. 52, R. A. Al., Anderson Cora- 
mandery No. 22, K. T., 'Mnvat Teraple, A. A.' 0. N. M. S., Indianapolis, 
and has attained to the thirty-second degree. During his long resi- 
dence in Anderson, he has formed a wide acquaintance, and in this he 
numbers many sincere friends. The Doctor's comfortable modern resi- 
dence is situated at No. 1225 Jackson street. 

"We:,lia.m C. Pettigijew. A former trustee of Green township, Mr. 
Pettigi-ew !« one of the leading farmers of the township where he has 
spent practically all his life and as the result of many years' industry 
and careful management now owns a splendid country home in section 
35 of this township. William C. Pettigrew was born on a farm in his 
pre<:ent home to^vnship November 8, 1858. His parents were John and 
'Sarah (Jones) Pettigrew. The father was a native of Virginia, from 
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422 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

farming. His death occurred in August, 1913, wheu 85 years old. 
Sarah Jones, the mother, was born in Green township, belongs to one 
of the oldest families settled here, and is now deceased. The eight chil- 
dren in the family were named James, George W., William 0., Dora, 
Etta, Charles E., Lena, and Rachael. 

William Cane Pettigrew was reared in Green township, and at- 
tended the district school near his home. He was a schoolboy, alternating 
his school work with employment on the farm until he was about eigh° 
teen years of age. He then continued at home with his father until 
twentv'-one. He married Miss Sarah 0. Edwards, who was bora in 
Green township, and also educated in the district schools. Her parents 
were Robert and Rebecca (Gibson) Edwards. '■:\[r. and Mrs. Pettigrew 
had fi^e children, namely: Fred L., a graduate of the Pendleton high 
school, married, and a farmer in this county; Warren R.. who grad- 
uated from the Pendleton high school, and who married Hazel Crist; 
Elsie, wife of Forrest ]\Ioore, now living with his father and farming 
on shares; Ruth, wife of Ed. Thompson; and ^Mildred, a student in the 
public schools. The family arc members of tlie Zilethodist church at 
Ingalls-. Mr. Pettigrew is a Democrat, has been active in his party and 
was honored by his fellow citizens with the ofiice of trustee of Green 
township from 1904 to 1908. His home farm on section 35 comprises 
one hundred and fifty-four acres. This land he has improved accord- 
ing to the modern standards of Indiana agriculture, has a tine and com- 
fortable home, and an excellent frame bam for the slielter of his stock 
and grain, and keeps high grade stock. 

HOR-A-CE E. Jones, M. D. It is eminently fitting that the career of 
Dt. Horace E. Jones be presented in this volume, for he has been a prac- 
titioner of medicine for upv.-ards of forty years and his entire profes- 
sional career has been passed within the borders of ]\Iadi3on county. 
During his long and honorable career in Anderson he has been success- 
ful not only in a material way, but has established himself firmly in the 
esteem and affection of a wide circle of sincere friends, and as a man 
who has alwHA's had the welfare of his eommuuity and its people at 
heart is accounted one of Anderson 's most valued citizens. He v.-as born 
in Henry county, Indiana, July 2, 1845, a son of Dr. Thomas and Mary 
C. (ConAvell) Jones. 

Thomas Jones, 'SI. D., was born in Wayne county. Indiana, in 1823. 
and early in life decided upon the medical profession as the medium 
through which he should strive for success. Accordingly, after prepa- 
ration, he entered the Ohio Medical College, and after his graduation 
therefrom settled in Henry county, where he continued in practice until 
1846, when he came to Madison county and established his home and 
practice at Pendleton. In about the year of 1854 he came from there 
to Anderson, and this city thereafter continued his home and the field 
of his activities until his death, in October, 1875. He became widely 
and favorably known in his locality and had many friends both in and 
outside of the medical profession. He married ^Jary C. Conwell, whose 
father. Isasc Conwell, was one of the pioneer settlers of Union county, 
and her death occurred in November. 1911, at the advcinced age of 
eighty-eig]\t years. Her parents were formerly from Maryland. 

It is not unusual for the men in a family to follow similar vocations, 
and especially is this true in the field of medicine, where son follows 
father, showing the same abilities and inclinations. At any rate such 



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was the ease with Dr. Horace E. Jones, although he first had some mili- 
tary experience. When sixteen years of age he enlisted as chief bugler 
of the Second -Indiana Cavalry", and, with it, participated in numerous 
engagements, including tlie Battle of Shiloh and the Siege of Corinth. 
He was then appointed a midshipman at the U. S. Naval Academy in 
1S63 from which he graduated in 1S67 and served in the navy till 1S71. 
Having rounded out nearly nine years of continuous military service, 
he resigned his commission in the navy, returned to his home, and took 
up the study of medicine in his father's office. After some time spent 
under the elder man's preceptorship he entered the Ohio jMedical Col- 
lege, his father's alma mater, at Cincinnati, Ohio, and w^as graduated 
from that institution in 1873. with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. 
He at once returned to Anderson, and since then has been in the enjoy- 
ment of an excellent professional business. The Doctor has the ability, 
the ready sympathy and the natural inclination for all the branches of 
his profession, and may indeed be said to be one who has chosen well. 
He possesses a fine medical library, and with this and the leading medi- 
cal periodicals, keeps himself abreast of the discoveries and advance- 
ments which so prominently characterize the science of medicine. He 
has made "a number of wise business investments, and is the owner of 
much valuable city and farm property, including his modern residence 
at 138 West Tenth street, one of the leading residence thoroughfares of 
Anderson. A Democrat in politics, for three years he was a member of 
the school board. His fraternal connections are with the Benevolent 
and Protective Order of Elks and the Independent Order of Odd Fel- 
lows, in the latter of which he is a past grand master, and he also enjoys 
membership in Major ]\lay Post, No. 24ri, G. A. R. 

In 1873 Dr. Jones was married to Miss ^lary C. Coekefair, of Cam- 
bridge City, Indiana, and a son and daughter have been born to this 
union. Thomas ^.1., the son, is a graduate of the Indiana State Univer- 
sity and of the Johns Hopkins University, medical department, and is 
now engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery at Anderson. 
The daughter, Nellie, is tlie wife of Ralph Clark, of Chicago. 

Clement Warren ^oo^^:N■. When most men die the ranks close 
up, the community moves on without a break, but a wide circle of ac- 
quaintances will long continue to miss the splendid personality of Cle- 
ment Warren Hooven, who was unexpectedly called from earthly cares 
and trials on the 28th of August", 1913. He was in all the word implies 
a man — a man honorable in business, just in his dealings and one who 
maintained the highest standard of citizenship. Local publications 
truthfully said of him that his life was not only gentle and pure, but 
that nature had so mixed its good elements in him that every one pro- 
nounced him a noble man. He was a leader in this community, and 
fcelped to build the city of Anderson. He was generous with his means, 
liberal witli his time, wise with his counsel — all for Anderson, and he 
left the impress on this community of a successful, progressive and 
honest man. 

• Clement Warren Hooven w^as bom at Ansonia, Ohio, February 9, 
1863, a son of the late Dr. Warren and Marrietta (Riley) Hooven, a 
Dayton, Oliio, where t>ie raother still resides. He received a common 
school training, and upon reaching man's estate began his business 
career as a traveling freight agent for the Big Four Railroad Company. 

For a time he was also station agent for that company at Winchester, 
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424 . HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY \ 

Indiana, and in about the year 1893 he came to xVnderson to represent 
the Big YoMV Railroad Company as general agent. But soon after 
locating in Anderson he became interested in gas and acquired the 
control of a gas plant in Hazelwood, while a few years later he etl^^ected 
the consolidations of all the gas plants in the city and sold them to a 
Cincinnati syndicate. AYJien the Cincinnati company failed and the 
plants were sold at receiver's sale Mr. Hooven became the purchaser, 
although he soon afterward sold to the Dawes syndicate of Chicago, 
represented in this city by the Central Indiana Gas Company. 

Mr. Hooven also purchased and developed the Anderson Tool Com- 
pany, which was one of the best known manufacturing concerns hi the 
city when it vras destroyed by fire in 1911. He was also interested in 
the Remy Electric Company and had other business interests, including 
the ownership of several valuable pieces of real estate. In the summer 
of 1913 he was one of the directors of the "Made in Anderson" exhibit* 
and was active in promoting and adveilising the novel exhibition of 
Anderson products. He was ever ready when Anderson called and was 
always first in her needed improvements. 

In fraternal circles 3Lr. Hooven v.as well known as a member of the 
jMasonie order and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and 
he was the owner of two stories of the building on Ynxm street in wliieli 
1863, a son of the late Dr. AVan-en and ilarietta (Riley; Hooven, ol 
the Elks' home is located. He v/as a memlier of the Anderson Club 
and the Country Club, aiid at the time of his death was one of ihe di- 
rectors of the latter. On the ISth of November, 1S96, he wfis man-ied 
to ]Mi.>s Anna Cox, daughter of Mr. and ]Mrs. L. 'SI. Cox, of Anderson. 
Mrs. Hooven is a native daughter of AVayne county, Indiana, and with 
her two childrei), Sarah and AYarren, survive the husliand and lather. 
She is a niece of N. A. and Charles Cox, merchants of Anderson, and 
she is the president of the Anderson Associated Charities, an instituiion 
in which her husband v\-as deeply interested. | 

For some time prior to his death it was known to Siv. Iloovei's fyai- ': 

ily and a few of his intimate friends that he was atllicti'd with heari 
trouble, but no fears were felt until on August 18, 1913, v.iien he •; 

motored to Lake Maxincuckee with his family for an outing. Before 
reaching the lake he became so exhausted at times that he allowed his \ 

daughter to drive the car. but upon arriving at the lake he appeared ■ 

to improve until on Thursday, the 21st, he was stricken with a severe 
attack of uidigestion, accompanied by hemorrhage of the stomach. , 

and he was taken to a sanatuidum at Battle Creek, ]}iiichigan. But the \ 

hoped-for recovery did not materialize, and on Thursday nigiit, Au- 
gust 28, 1913, Clement W. Hooven laid down the burden of life and 
passed over to the silent majority. His body was brought to Anderson 
for burial, aiid the funeral on ]).Ionday, September 1, 1913, was attended 
by a large concourse of friends and acquaintances. "Columns of beau- 
tiful words," his community said, "could be written in memory of ; 
Clement Warren Hooven, but they are unnecessary. His life work, so I 
successful, is ended, and his gentle spirit is beyond their message — | 
enjoying immortality. And finally, in A'alhalla, where the spirits of * 
the blessed immortals assemble, wh'^n the roll-call of departed Ander- | 
sonians is sounded and the name of Clement AYarren Hooven is an- \ 
nounced it will be the dearest pleasure of the immortal souls of Colonel i 
Milton S. Robinson, Captain AV. R. Myers, James L. Kilgore, John R. \ 
Terhune, V. K. McCullough, Charles T. Doxey and others to pronounce ■ 

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i]i unison that highest eulogy known to mankind — Died on the field of 
duty and with the universal esteem, love and respect of his neighbors." 

Martin L. Cromer. Probably there is no better' known citizen in 
Anderson than Martin L. Cromer, who for more than twelve years has 
served in the capacity of assistant postmaster here, and whose eificient, 
courteous and obliging services have not only been of great value to his 
adopted city, but have served to gain him widespread popularity. Mr. 
Cromer entered upon his career as a member of the legal profession, 
but since his appointment to his official position he has given the greater 
part of his attention to the discharge of its duties. He is a native of 
ihv Ploosier state, having been born at Nevvcastle in Henry county, 
March 9, 1854, a sun of Josiah and ^lary A. (Sehultz) Cromer, natives 
of Pennsylvania and early settlers of Henry county, Indiana. Josiah 
Cromer was born July 11, 1825, and was one of twin sons. His father 
was George Cromer, who was born on the 3d of June, 1788, and the 
maternal grandfather Avas born June 3, 1810, in Pennsylvania. 

Martin L. Cromer received his early educational training in the 
public schools of ^liddletuwii, Indiana, and from there enrolled a^: a 
student at the State University at Bloomington, where he continued 
to assiduously pursue his studies for several years. Following tliis he 
spent two years at Butler University, Irvington, Indiaiia, and then, 
going to Springfield, Ohio, spent two years in AVittenberg College and 
graduated therefrom in 1879. For one year after leaving college Mr. 
Oomer was engaged in teaching school, and in ISSO he came to Ander- 
son as an educator, but not long afterward went to Eureka Springs, 
Arkansas, where he pas.sed twelve months. Returning to Indiana, he 
located on a farm in Delaware coraity, v.-here he remained uutil 18SS, 
and then gave his attention to farming in Aladisoii county, in which 
he met with a satisfying degree of success, but in 1896 again came to 
Anderson and began to read law in the office of the well known legal 
firm of "^Vood & Ellis, being admitted to the bar in 1S9S. In 1901 he 
began his active practice alone, and in the same year received the ap- 
pointment to the office of dejjuty postmaster under Robert Grimes, a 
position he has continued to hold under succeeding postmasters to the 
present time. Air. Crom.er manifests a commendable interest in all the 
live topics of the day and withholds his support from no measure which 
his judgment tells him will be oi benefit to his city or its people. His 
many admirable qualities have gained him a v/ide circle of friends, and 
Anderson numbers him among its dependable citizens. In political 
matters he has always supported Republican candidates and princi- 
ples. His fraternal connection is with the local lodge of the Knights 
of Pythias. 

In 1880 Mr. Cromer was united in marriage with Miss Mary A. Bron- 
n.-nberg, of Anderson, Indiana, a daughter of the late Carrol Bronnen- 
^"?rg. Three children have been born to this union, namely: Mrs. Ethel 
E. Forse, whose husband, Harry Forse, Jr., is secretary of the Union 
Traction Company of Indiana : Maud D. became the "svife of Dr. J. D. 
Aliller, a physician at Indianapolis, Indiana ; and Grace, who married 
Di*. 0. B. Norman, who is engaged in the practice of medicine at Bed- 
ford, Indiana. 

JoxAS Stewart, M. D. Now one of the oldest members of the med- 
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426 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

medical fraternity tlirouglioat the state, having served some years ago 
as the first president of the Indiana State Medical Association, after °ic 
was reorganized and changed from the old title of Medical Society, 
Dr. Stewart has been identified by residence and by busines-s and proies- 
sioual activities in Anderson since 1870. 

Jonas Stewart is a native of Indiana, having been born in Delaware 
county, January 26. 1843, a son of Lewis and Mary (Crarnpton) Stew- 
art. The father, who was a son of William Stewart, a native of Ken- 
tucky, was born in Highland county, Ohio. The grandfather had first 
moved his home from Kentucky to Ohio, where he was numbered among 
the earlier settlers of Highland county, Lewis Stewart attained his 
education in an old log school house, peculiar to his time, and with 
such equipment as he could obtain from this primitive school he secured 
a teacher's certificate or license, and was engaged in teaching for some 
years during the early part of his career. He married Mary Crampton, 
who was born in jMaryland, and became a resident of Ohio during 
childhood, her parents also being among the early settlers of Ohio, in 
Miami county. She died in 1887 in the sixty-eighth year of her life. 

Dr. Stewart spent his boyhood on a farm, and attended the public 
schools in Delaware county, Indiana. He later attended school at Troy, 
Ohio, and in 1862 he entered the Northv.'GStern Christian University ai 
Indianapolis. He enlisted as a private in the Union army, going into 
the service on August 28, 1862, in Company E of the Forty-fourth 
Ohio Volunteer Infantry, the regiment being commanded by Col. Sam- 
uel A. Gilbert. The regiment was sent into Kentucky, and later to 
Tennessee, and he saw a good deal of service in the mountains of Ken- 
tuckj^ and Tennessee, after which he was transferred with his regiment 
to Virginia. After nearly three years of soldiering he received his 
honorable discharge on May 30, 1865, and then returned to college at 
Indianapolis. He spent one year in study there, then taught school 
for a while and in this way gradually prepared himself for a profes- 
sional life. He finally matriculated in the University of iliehigan at 
Ann Arbor, where he pursued his studies for some lime, and later went 
to the Long Island Hospital Medical College at Brooklyn, New^ York, 
where he was graduated with the degree of 'M. D. on June 30. 1870. 
Dr. Stewart at once came to Anderson and opened his office, beginning 
-general practice in August of the same year. He has enjoyed success 
and distinction in his profession, and during the last two years has 
given up any attem.pt to extend his practice and now confines his atten- 
tion to attendance in professional capacities upon his old patrons, many 
of whom he has cared for for more than a generation. 

In business and financial circles at Anderson, Dr. Stewart is recog- 
nized as one of the verj' successful men. He has for a number of years 
held the position of vice-president of the Anderson Loan Association, 
and he is also a stockholder in the National Exchange Bank at ^Vnder- 
■son and of the Anderson Trust Company, The doctor owns an excel- 
lent farm of one hundred and twenty acres in Madison county. 

Dr. Stewart is a member of the Madison County Medical Socieiy, 
the Indiana State Medical Association, of which he was the first presi- 
dent after its reorganization, serving in his official capacity in the year 
1904, and he was vice-president of the State ]\Iedical Society, in 1897, 
prior to its reorganization under its present name, the Indiana State 
Medical Association. 

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HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 427 

i<oii county to the Medical History of Indiana, edited by Dr. G. W. H. 
Koniper, and he is also associate editor on the subject of the medical 
profession for this present history of ^Madison county. He retains his 
association with old army comrades through his membership in Major 
May Post No. 244, G. A.' R. 

Dr. Stewart was married on September 4, 1870, to Miss Mahala 
Brandon of Middletown, Henr}^ county, Indiana, a daughter of Greenup 
Brandon, one of the first settlers of Delaware county, Indiana. He 
and his wife have been members of the Central Christian Church in 
Anderson for forty-three years, and are among the stanchest and most 
reliable members of that body. The handsome family residence is 
located at 1015 Delaware street. 

James A. Y^ln" Osdol. The bar of ]\[adison county numbers Mr. 
\^an Osdol among its leading and representative members. He has 
practiced in the courts here for twenty years, and controls a large and 
important clientage. He is the general attorney for the Union Trac- 
tion Company of Indiana, one of the substantial and important cor- 
porations controlling interurban electric lines in this state. Prior to 
entering upon the practice of law jh'. Yan Osdol gained distinctive 
success and prestige as a representative of the pedagogic profession, 
nnd he is known as a man of fine attainments and sterling character. 

He was born in Ohio county, Indiana, August 4, 1860, and is a scion 
of sterling pioneer families of Indiana, within vvhose gracious borders 
were also born his parents, Boston AV. and Rachael (Jenkins) Yan 
Osdol. Like nuiny auotlier who has attained success in professional life 
JaTues A. Yan Osdol gained his initial experience in connection with 
tlitf sturdy and benignant influences of the farm, the while he availed 
himself of the advantages of the district school in the vicinity of his 
home. Proving himself eligible for pedagogic honors, he began teach- 
ing in the district schools in his native county at the age of seventeen 
years, and continued in the profession for six years. In the mean- 
while he had pursued the study of law, and moving to the city of Yevay, 
in Switzerland county, in 1884, he entered upon the practice of lav/ 
there. The political situation in the cotinty at that time was such that 
in a short time it afforded him the opponunity of election to the office 
of county superintendent of schools, and after serving one terni in that 
office he returned to the practice of law. 

In 1893 Mr. Yan Osdol came to Madison county and established his 
home in the prosperous little city of Elwood, where he soon acquired a 
substantial practice and proved himself one of the resourceful and ver- 
satile members of the bar of the county. In 1895 he found it expedient 
to establish his home and professional headquarters at Anderson, the 
judicial center of the county, and here he entered into practice with 
Charles L. Henry and Bj^ron McMahan in the practice of laAv. Later 
be joined with Mr. Henry and his associates in the organization of the 
Union Traction Company, and early in the history of that organzation 
^Tr. Yan Osdol Avas chosen its general attorney and has since continued 
as the head of its legal department. His official duties in this connec- 
tion have demanded his interposition in many important affairs of the 
company, and he has represented the same in various cities along the 
interurban lines controlled by the corporation. He is a man of fine 
presence, is genial, sincere and direct, and though he has never mani- 
f(.*sted any desire to woo publicity he is known as a loyal and progres- 



428 HISTORY OF MADISOxX COUNTY 

sive citizen, and iii palitics he accords staunch aUegiaiic to th<- 
K-epublieau party. 

Mr Van Osdol was married in 1894 to Mrs. Mary F. Goodin fo>-- 
merly Mis^ Gould, then a wido-.v residing at Peru, Indiana, with her 
httle son, Donald boodm. Mr. Van Osdol also had a son, Robert, by a 
toriuer marriage, and these four constituted the Van Osdol household 
when they moved to the city of Andersoii, but in 1902 this little circle 
was mereased by the birth of Gould J. Van Osdol. At the prespi-t 
Robert IS residing at Pasadena, California, and Donald is at Yorktown 
Indiana. ' 

Fred D. Wright. Foremost among the younger business men of 
Anderson who liave made good in their undertakings and enterprises 
may be mentioned Fred D. Vivight, secretary and treasurer of the T\'eli- 
ington Milling Company for a number of years, and identified >vith 
the business m a lesser .-apacity since 1907. He is well versed in mill- 
ing lore, for he began to take an active interest in the work as earlv as 
nis seventeenth year, and has maintained a continuous idf-u<-i?^>i*+;o" 
with the milli)ig business from that time until the present. His rise 
has been a steady and continuous one and altogethu/ pleasing- to Vaosl 
who have watched his career fror.i boyhood and are eonversan^ with th^ 
many excellent traits that have contributed to his success. 

A native son of Randolph county. Fred D. "Wright was born in the 
town of ^lodoc on September 13, 1877. His parents were Willi's < '. and 
Molhe (^ ardaman) Wright. The father v.^as also a native of Randolph 
county, and was a farmer by occupation. He is novr living in the citv 
of Anderson, but the wife and mother has been called to the home 
bey on a. 

Fred D. Wright attended the %-illage school of Modoc until his six- 
teenth year, and quitting his studies at that time he accepted a nosition 
in a flouring mill at Muncie. Indiana, the' firm with which he identiiied 
himself being the Wysor & Hibbets rdilliug Company. AYhile in the 
employ of that company he entered the service of the U. S. Army, en- 
listing with the Twentieth Infantry, U. S. Regiment, on the 12th of 
May, 1898. He served in all the engagements in Cuba, and returned 
home in the following August, receiving his discharge in November fol- 
lowing. While with the Wysor & Hibbets Milling Company. Mr. Wright 
received a thorough trainijig in the milling business, and* he continued 
with the firm for about seven years, leaving their ser-vice in 1902, but 
acquiring in that time a complete knowledge of the business in ail its 
various departments. In that year he came to Anderson and entered 
the em.ploy of the Wellington & Son Flouring :Mill. remaining with them 
until 1905, when he went to Los Angeles. ^California, in an effort to 
better the condition of his health, which, while not incapacitating him 
for work, was sufficiently bad to cause him some concern. But aVnort 
time in the healthful climate of southern California restored him to 
abundant health and vigor, and he returned to Andei-son in 1906 and 
assumed charge of the Pioneer ?dilling Company at Linngrove. Adams 
county, Indiana. In January, 1913, he acquired'an interest in the Well- 
ington & Son ^Milling Company, which, by the retirement of James 
Wellington, the father, came to be known as the Wellington Milling 
Company. Soon thereafter the son also retired f^m the concern, leav- 
ing Mr._ Wright in full charge of the activities of the business, under 
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being pushed forward to an exceptionally high plane. The plant is 
equipped with a complete roller system and separators, and every 
labor-saving device known to the milling business is found in operation 
in this thoroughly modern and well conducted plant. "With a capacity 
of one hundred and twenty-five barrels daily, the mill rur.s at capacity 
the year around. It has a large local trade, and is at the same time 
engaged in handling wheat, oats and all other grains peculiar tu this 
region, its principal markets being Baltimore, ^Maryland, and Cleveland 
and Cincinnati, Ohio. The care of the business could be in no better 
hands than Mr. Wright's, for an addition to his thorough knowledge 
of the business from its more practical side, he is also an accomplished 
office man. thoroughly qualified to oversee the clerical side of the busi- 
ness and to understand every detail of office management. He fitted 
himself for that phase of the work in the Anderson Business College, 
where he pursued a thorough course of training some years ago. 

In 1901 Mr. AVright was married to Aliss Iva E. Longfellov.-. of Rush 
county, Indiana, a daughter of S. C. LongfelloAv, for many years a 
teacher in Rush county and one of the best known men of that dis- 
trict, and of Rosetta (Durham) Longfellow, a descendant of a pioneer 
family of Rush county. Two childrou have been born to ^'tr. and ^NErs. 
Wrigiit— Noland C. and Noline :\r. Wright. 

Mr. AVright is a member of Anderson Lodge of the Knights of 
Pythias and also of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at An- 
derson. The family home is at 203 East Fifteenth street. 

Otiio W. Dougl.vs. The v/ork of the firm of Daniels, Lyst & Douglas 
in the construction of ma7\v of the mo'^t substi-ntial thoroughfares of 
Anderson and the surroundiiig cities and towns, lias l):,^eii of a character 
not only to leave its impress on the community for many years to come, 
but to bring the meml)ers of the concern promiuenth' before the public 
as business men of ability, whose a';-tivities are serving to advance their 
section in many ways. Otho W. Douglas, the junior member of this 
firm, a man of wide and varied experience and versatile talents, is num- 
bered among those who have been the architects of their own fortunes. 
Although a man of scholarly attainments, he has worked with his hands 
and trodden the familiar but difficult self-made way to success, and his 
career has distinctly deiiionstrated that fierce, strength, character and 
resolution dwell within him. (jualities necessary to tliose Vv-ho v,-onld gain 
a full measure of prosperity. Mr. Douglas was born in Iroquois county, 
Illinois, October 25, 1874. He is the third son of James Hamilton Doug- 
las, a native of Indiana, and a representative of an old and honored 
family of the Hoosier State. Air. Douglas came from A\''ashiiigton 
county, Indiana, to Illinois, \vhere he spent only a short time, when he 
came back to the State of his nativity. Subsequently he went to Kansas, 
where he has resided during the past thirty years. His wife passed 
away at the time of the birth of the subject of this review. 

The early educational trainina- of Otho AY. Douglas was scnired in 
the graded and high schools of Salem. Indiana, and 07i leaving the 
latter entered the State Normal school at Terre Hauce. Indiana. Fol- 
lowing his graduation therefrom, he became a student in the State 
Tniversity at Bloomington, Indiana, and then adopted the vocation of 
educator and after teaching for some time in the schools of Salem, be- 
came a teacher in the high school there. He also taught in the Anderson 
high school six vears, and then he turned his attention to business 



430 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

pursuits, and became a member of the firm of Daniels & Lyst, the style 
at that time being changed to Daniels, Lyst & Douglas, and as such it 
has continued to remain to the present time. This firm, from its exten- 
sive acquaintance, and the long period in which its members have been 
known to the business world, is recognized one of the leading concerns 
of street paving contractors in this part of the state. ]\Ir. Douglas has 
justly won the American title of self-made man. His career has been 
one of constant endeavor. A man of great energy and enterprise, of 
force of character and resolute purpose, at all times his business has 
been conducted along the lines of commercial honor and personal in- 
tegrity. Although essentially a business man, he has not been indiffer- 
ent to the pleasures of social association with his fellow-men, and is pop- 
ular with his fellow members in the local lodges of the Benevolent and 
Protective Order of Elks and the ilodern AVoodmen of America. 

In 1895, Mr. Douglas was united in marriage ■with Miss Maude M. 
Zink, of Salem, Indiana, a daughter of Jacob D. and I^.Iartha (Crim) 
Zink. This union has been blessed with the birth of one daughter; Anna 
Katherine, who is attending school in Anderson. ?.Ir. Douglas and his 
wife azid daughter are members of the First Christian Church. The 
neat and substantial family residence is located on "West Eleventli 
street, ^tr. Douglas is rather independent in his political ^dews, believ- 
ing it his right to cast his ballot for the candidate he deems best fitted 
for the office, irrespective of party lines. He has never aspired to public 
office nor entered the arena as a candidate, but takes a lively interest in 
all matters that affect the welfare of his adopted community', and may 
at all times be depended upon to support those movements which make 
for progi'ess and good citizenship, 

J. C. Rodger, V. S. The veterinary doctor and surgeon of today 
recognizes the benefit of science as applied to his profession, and it is a 
noteworthy fact that, within the last several decades, the course in this 
line has been as strict as that of a regular doctor of medicine, wnile the 
scope of practice being wider, many of the progressive men of r.oday 
are taking up the veterinary line in preference. One of the successful 
veterinarians of Aladison county is found in the person of Dr. J. C. 
Rodger, a member of the firm of Rodger & Catey, of No. 715 Jackson 
street, Anderson. Dr. Rodger was born near the city of Toronto, Canada, 
August 24, 1865, and is a son of John and Helen (Cowan) Rodger, both 
natives of Scotland, the father being a farmer. He was a man of energy, 
became prosperous and much respected in his community, and owned 
a large farm in the vicinity of Toronto, where both he and his wife passed 
away in the year 1901. 

The early education of Dr. Rodger was secured in the public and 
high schools of Toronto, and he spent some little time on the farm. There 
he showed a decided inclination for the veterinary profession, this hav- 
ing been developed through his love and understanding of animals, and 
he accordingly decided to enter. upon a professional career. He entered 
the Toronto Veterinary College, one of the oldest and best instilntious 
of its kind in America, and was graduated in 1SS7, coming to the United 
States in the same year and locating at Anderson. Here he opened an 
oflEice and established himself as a veterinary surgeon, and as he became 
ac(iuainted and known as a graduate of a college, his practice exteiided 
and he was soon in the possession of an excellent professional business. 
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Madison and adjoining counties. He devotes his practice to all domes- 
tic animals, of which he has made a careful study, and his success 
in cases of a complicated nature has placed him well up among the 
leaders of his calling. In 190-1: Dr. Rodger formed a partnership 
with Oscar M. Catey, under the firm naiae of Rodger & Catey, and this as- 
sociation has continued to the present time. Dr. Rodger's skill has caused 
him to be called upon to lecture on various occasions, and for ten years 
he was an instructor on Bovine Pathology' in the Indianapolis Veterinary 
College, Indianapolis. He is a member of the Indiana Yeterinary Med- 
ical Association and the American Yeterinary ^Medical Association. He 
is a prominent 3Iason. belonging to ^Mount IMoriah Lodge No. 77, F. 
& A. M., to Anderson Chapter No. 52, R. A. IM., and to Anderson Com- 
mandery No. 32. K. T. He is connected likewise with ]Murat Temple, 
A. A. 0. N. M. S., and has attained to the thirty-second degree in 
Indiana Consistory. 

The stables of the firm of Rodgers & Catey, at No. 715 Jackson street, 
are substantially constnicted in modem manner, are 32x144 feet, and 
include all modern equipment, box stalls and exercising yard in the rear. 

Isaac E. May. A successful business man and public spirited citizen, 
^[r. !May has been identified by residence with ;i\[adison county practi- 
cally all his life. He began his career as a worker for others, and by 
industry and ability became master of his own circumstances, and since 
Ifaving the office of county clerk a few years ago has been engaged in 
the .jobbing business at Anderson. 

Isaac E. ^^lay was born July 7. 1861, at xVnderson, Indiana, a son of 
Isaac ^I. and Samatitha (Kindle) ^lay. His father was. one of Indiana's 
soldiers who were sacrificed during- the Civil war. Isaac M. Maj w^as 
born in Shenandoah county, Yirginia, in 1830. came north and settled 
in Indiana, at the beginning of the war enlisted in Compay A of the 
Nineteenth Indiana Infantry, was promoted to major, and the business of 
war lea him back to his native state, and at the battle of Gainesville, 
Yirginia, in August, 1862. he was among the slain. His wife, Samantha 
(Kindle) May, was born at Anderson, Indiana, January 6, 1836, repre- 
senting an old family of Madison county, and her death occurred Feb- 
ruary 26, 1896. 

Isaac E. May, who was but one year old when his father died, 
grew up in Anderson, received a common school education, and has 
long been active in public and business affairs. In 1898 came his election 
to the office of county clerk of ^Madison county on the Democratic ticket, 
and his service continued until 1902, being marked by a most capable 
administration of the duties connected with that important county office. 
At the present time Mr. May is engaged in the jobbing of plumbing, gas 
and mill supplies. Besides his public service as just mentioned, he has 
served as councilman from the Third Y'ard of Anderson. His fraternal 
affiliations are with the ^Masonic Order and the Benevolent and Protec- 
tive Order of Elks. 

On February 24, 1892, at Anderson. ]Mr. 'Slay married ^liss Anna L. 
Sansberry. Mrs. ^lay is a daughter of James AV. and Naacy (Jones) 
Sansberry, the father an attorney. ]\[rs. ^May was educated at St. Mary 
of the Woods at Terre Haute. To their marriage was born on June 6, 
ISi-jy, one son, James S. ]\Iay. 



432 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

Jonathan A. r.[-SBY. On section nineteen of Stony Creek township 
is located the valuable and attractive homestead of Jonathan A. Basby. 
His farm of two hundred and twenty-three acres represents the life work 
and achievements of a citizen who was born in the townsliip and hns lived 
all his life here a quiet industrious farmer, and man of thorough integTity 
in all his busines.s and personal relations. 

Jonathan A. Busby was born in Stony Creek township, November 3, 
1858, a son of Isaac and Sarah A. (Conrad) Busby. The father was a 
native of Greenbriar county, "^Vest Virginia, and the mother, of New 
Jersey, and each came to Madison county when young, grew up to'^ether, 
and were married. They spent all their lives in this county, d^ath -joni- 
ing to the father in 1879 and the mother in 1912. They were the parents 
of three sons and three daus-hters, nam^^ly: Jane, the widow of Ceorge 
Rarabo; Missouri, widovr of Frank E. Woodward; Jonathan, and Wade, 
of Lapel: iMilton, postmaster at Lapel; Ida, \dfe of H. R. Jones, of 
Stony Creek township. 

Jonathan A. Busby was reared, on the home farm in this township, 
and PS a boy attended the public schools at Fishersburg. When he v/ari 
seventeen years of age he had a good common school training and then 
began his practieal career as a farmer, taking eharge of the hom.e estate 
after his father's death. On November 14, ISSl, he married ?Jary J. 
Huntzinger. Their married life was continued for nineteen .years until 
her de.^th in 1900. The three children born of their marriaore were: 
Roxie, a graduate of the Lapel high school, and the wife of Jesse Fislier 
of Lapel; Edna, graduate of the common schools and a student in the 
high school; Arthur, who is a graduate of the common schools and lives 
at home with his father. Mr. Busby mai-ried on the sixth of j\T"arch, 
1910, Ethel Taylor, who was born in Madison county, a daughtei' of 
Leroy C. Taylor, a retired farmer and a native of this county. Sh<^ re- 
ceived her education in the district sehooTs cf this counts". ^Iv. and !^.Irs. 
Busby are members of 'the ^lethodist church at Lane], and he is one 
of the trustees of that church. Fraternally he is affiliated with Lapel 
Lodge No. 386. Knights of P.-ythias. and is a past chancellor a'ld member 
of the Grand Lods^e. In politics he ha:< always been a Republican ut) to 
the campaign of 1912. but the issues in politics were sueli that year that 
he save his vote for the Proo-ressive partv and its principles. He is 
secretary of the township advisory board. 

Arthuk DA\qs. A well known success as a farmer and live stock 
dealer has heen that of Arthur Davis in Stonj- Creek towriship. He is a 
native of this part of ^Madison county, has spent most of his life within 
the limits of the county, and when he besran his independent career it" 
was with a capital of self-reliance and well-trained body and industrious 
habits rather than with money or influence. He and his wife have 
prospered since their marriage and their first attempt to make a home. 
and they now enjoy not only material prosperity but the esteem of all 
the community in which they reside. 

Arthur Davis was bora in Stony Creek' township July 3, 1870. a son 
of D. B. Davis, bein.g the second in a family of six children. When he 
was old enousrh he attended the district s.:-hool and was a student during 
the ^vinter term, up to the time he was eighteen years of asre. He then 
took QD farming as a regular occupation and continued in that line 
until February 28. 1893. at which datp his marn;^.ge occurred to Mis.^ 
Hattie Wertz. She was born in Ander53on township and received her 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUXTY 433 

education in the public schools near that city. .After their marriage, ^Ir. 
aiul ^Mrs. Davis spent a time on the old home farm, and then moved to 
Ki'.ndolph county, this state, ^vhere he spent a short time in farming, was 
tlieu again on the old homestead, and several years later by the thrifty 
managemont of himself and wife. V'as able to buy sixty-three acres o*f 
laud. Since then he has done a large business in breeding cattle and 
shipping b}- the ear-load lots. Among his other enterprises he owns 
and operates a threshing outfit, and hy the combination of his enterprise 
lias prospered very well during the last seventeen years. 

Tlie family of eight children of ^Ir. and ^Irs. Davis are as follows : 
Clara A., age nineteen a graduate of "the common schools and of the 
Anderson high school; Alonzo. age eighteen, also a graduate of the com- 
mon and high scliool, and of the Commercial College at Anderson ; Ruth, 
a student in the high school at Anderson, and a graduate of the common 
schools near the old home; Doctor D.. fourteen j'ears of age; Paul, age 
eleven; Theodore, age ten; Virginia, age seven; and Birr.^^. age five years. 
^Ir; Davis is affiliated with Lodge Xo. 1 of tiie Loyal Order of 2kIoose at 
Anderson. In his politics he was always a regular Republican up to the 
campaign of 1012 at which time he voted the Progressive ticket. lie is 
a man of pleasing manner, and by reason of his success enjoys th*^ esteem 
of the entire community about his home in Stony Creek towjiship. 

William A. ]Morris. Among the prosperous farming estates of Stony 
Creek township that of which '^"illiam A. ^lorris is proprietor is by all 
means one of the, most attractive viewed in its superficial aspects and 
also one of the most profitable as a business enterprise. Mr. Morris is 
a general farmer and stock raiser, owns one hundred and four acres in 
his own homestead, and is engaged in the opera'don of more than t^vo 
hundred acres of land in this coujity. 

William A. Morris was born in ^[iami county, Indiana, October 19, 
1860, a son of Isaac and Xancy (Haney) ]\Iorris. The paternal grand- 
father was William ^Morris, one of the old settlers of Rush county. 
Indiana, where Isaac ]\torris was born. Xancy ]\Iorris was born in Ken- 
tucky, and came to ]\Iadison county, Indiana, with her parents, being 
married in ^ladison county, and she and 'Mv. ^Morris making their home 
here until near the outbreak of the Civil war. They then moved to 
Miami county where Mrs. ]\Ioi'ris died. Some years later the father re- 
turned to Madison county a.nd spent his last days in Anderson touTj- 
ship. There were fi-ve children in tlie family, three of whom are living 
in lf)18. namely: T. J. Morris, of Anderson township, a farmer: Maria, 
wife of Henrv' Warren of Anderson township : and William A. 

Mr. William A. ^lorris was reared on a farm and attained his educa- 
tion in the district schools at ]\Iiami county. Wlicn sixteen years of age 
he was sent to the Amboy Academy, one of the b'-^st schools of intermediate 
grade in this section of the state, and he continued a student in that 
institution until he was nineteen years of age. He continued on the farm 
with his father until he was twenty-one and then came with the family 
to Madison county. He v\-as married in Lafayette township of this 
county in February', 18S3, to ]Miss Hester Rogers, who was born in ^dadi- 
son county and received a common school education. They became the 
parents of two children, one of whom is nov.- living, namely : X^oiidas, aged 
seven. Mr. Morris and family worship in the !Metliodist Protestant 
church of Bethal, and ho is one of the trustees of that society. In poli- 
tics he is a Democrat, and his abilitv as a business man and liis integrity 



434 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

as a citizen have been lionored by his fellow citizens in his election to the 
office of township assessor of Stony Creek, in which he served for two 
years. Mr. ]Morris is a man of quiet and unassuming manner, and yet 
his life work as a farmer shows a noteworthy degree of practical aehiyve- 
ment and a most honorable success. 

Charles Poindexter. Farming in ^fadison county has always been 
a most profitable general occupation, and though within recent years 
manufacturing has become so important a part of the productive activi- 
ties, agriculture is likely to remain through all the years as the most 
substantial pursuit to which mail's attention can be given here or else- 
where. In Stony Creek Township Mr. Poindexter is a farmer who for 
a number of years had experience in the industry, ajid finally retired 
to an estate in the country where his enterprise has been put to excellent 
use, so that he now owns one of the most attractive and valuable rural 
homes in Stony Creek. 

Charles Poindexter is a native of the state of Illinois, born in Ver- 
million county, November 6, 1S6S, a sou of James and Emily (^McCallis- 
ter) Poindexter. The father was born in Virginia, aud the mother in 
Adams township of Ttladison county, Indiana, and she now lives in An- 
derson at her home on Fletcher Street. The father passed away in 1879. 
He had been a soldier in the Civil war, serving throughout the period of 
hostilities from 1861 to 1865, and while a soldier came home on a furlough 
and mar tied. He enlisted as a private, was promoted to lieutenant, and 
at his discharge was captain of his company. For souie years after the 
war he lived in Illinois, but finally returned to Madison county, and his 
death occurred in Adams township. There were four children ir the 
famil}', named as follov.s: Cora, wife of Eb Parrish, of Anderson; 
Charles; Nettie, wife of H. Scott of Fall Creek township; Maud, wife of 
Martin Wiseheart of Anderson, Indiana. 

Charles Poindexter was reared on a farm and also spent part of his 
youth in Indianapolis. His education was attained in the pablic schools 
and he continued to live on the homestead ^viLh his mother until hi? mar- 
riage. He married ]Mis3 Florence M. Stanley, of Anderson tovrnship, 
this county. Mrs. Poindexter was educated in the public scliools. Afier 
their marriage they moved to Indianapolis where Mr. Poindexter was 
employed as a tool maker with one of the large industrial establishments 
of that city for six years, from the fall of 1891 to the spring of 1896. 
In the latter year he came to the farm where he lived until September, 
1905, at which time he moved to the estate of eighty-five acres in Stony 
Creek township, which is his present home. He has displayed ail the 
ability of a progressive farmer, and among the numerous improvements 
placed upon his estate is the ten-room modern house in which he and his 
family reside. Mr. and Mrs. Poindexter have two daughters, namely : 
Gretchen, wife of Lawrence "White, and Vera, a student in the seventh 
grade of the common schools. Mr. Poindexter and family worship in 
the Central Christian church at Anderson. He was formerly affiliated 
with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and' in polities is a Pro- 
gressive Democrat. 

0\VEN Huffman. Farming, with all its branches, has been consid- 
ered a good line of business since the beginning of the world, but witliin 
the last quarter of a century it has been developed in a remarkable degree 
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veranee and ability. Oue of the excellent representatives of this modern 
progressive class of yoimg farmers in ^Madison county is Owen Hiiifraan, 
of Stony Creek township, who has spent all his life in this county, and 
as the fruit of his own industry and good management has acquired an 
excellent homestead. 

He was born in Stony Creek township, Januaiy 26, 1875, a son of 
Jasper and Celistia (Teeters) Huffman, both of whom have been long 
residents of this township. The third in a family of six children he was 
reared on tlie home farm in Stony Creek, and attained his education in 
one of the district schools of that vicinity. He completed his education 
when he was about sixteen years of age, and tlien took up 'the active 
work of farming on the home place where he remained until he was 
twenty-one years of age. • 

On October 11, 1895, he married Miss Sarah Caster, a daughter 
of Marion and Sarah (^McDonald) Caster. She attained her education 
in the common schools. After his marriage ^Ir. HutlVnan rented land 
from his father for three years, and then bought the farm where he now 
lives, a place of seventy-nine and a half acres. He and his capable v:ife 
as his assistant directed all their energies to the improvement of this 
estate, and by clearing and draining, by planting of trees and by careful 
management in every direction have made it a splendid home and its 
fields have been responsive in profitable crops each year. Mr. and Mrs. 
Huffman are the parents of one cliild. Edith, who was born March 20, 
1895, and is a graduate of ihe comraoa schools and Lapel high school. 
Mr. Huffman is affiliated with Lapel Lodge Xo. 386, Knights of Pylliias, 
and with Lapel Lodge Xo. 326, A. F. & A. M. In politics he has been 
Republican, but in the campaign of 1912 supported the Progressive 
ticket. 

Archie C. Anderson. In farming and stock raising and the general 
business activities of Fall Creek township, 3Ir. Anderson is one of the 
leaders, and has occupied a prominent place for many years. He is a 
native of Madison count}', has spent practically all his life here, and by 
persistent and honorable industry has been successful far beyond the 
average. 

Archie Clifton Anderson was born in Fall Creek township, Madison 
county, September 7, 1855, a son of John A. and Elda (Hiatt) Ander- 
son. The founder of the family in Indiana was grandfather Wright 
Anderson, who came to this state in 1828 and located in Fayette county.. 
John A. Anderson Was born in ^Maryland, X^vember 10, 1826, and was 
about two years of age when the family moved to Indiana, where, he 
grew up and was married and soon after came to jMadison county, locat- 
ing in Fall Creek. The father has been a resident of this to\^Tiship and 
county for nearly sixty years, and now makes his home retired at a 
good old age with his son Archie. There were two children in the fam- 
ily and the other was named Rollin, who died at the age of twenty- 
three, "When Archie C. Anderson was six months of age, his mother 
died and he was then taken to the home of his grandparents, Mr. and 
Mrs. Jordan Hiatt, in Fayette county. He was reared on a farm there 
and obtained his education in the district schools, with one 3/ear in the 
high school. When only a boy he made up his mind that farming v/as 
his favorite vocation and though in later years his interests have in- 
creased and brought him into banking and other affairs, he has always 
retained his affection for the farm and is first and last a farmer. Mr, 



436 . HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

Andersou was married December 2S, 1876, to Miss Caroline J. Heacoek 
of Wayne county, Indiana, where she was born May 7, 1856, a dau;,'hter 
of Daniel Ileaeock. She was reared on a farm in ^Yavne 'countv,° and 
educated in the district and high schools. Her death occur-ed No- 
vember 23, 1908. 

After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Anderson located east of Pendle- 
ton, where they lived for seven years and in the spring of 1884 took up 
their residence on the homestead they now occupy, this having been 
their home and ejideared to them by many associations of family life 
for nearly thirty years. Their two children are named as follows: 
Stella, a graduate of the Pendleton High School and with one vear in 
Earlham College, is now the wife of Professor E. D. Allen of Pendle- 
ton. Their children are Esther Allen and John Allen. Chester H. 
is a graduate of the Pendleton high school, and engaged in farnimg. 
He married Lulu Clark, and they are the parents of two children, Mary 
Elizabeth and Paul Clark. The Anderson family are coinmunicHnts of 
the Friends church. 

Mr. Anderson in business circles in Pendleton is best known as the 
presider.t of the Pendleton Trust Company of v/hieh he \'.-as one of the 
organizers. The ofiicers of this institution are A. C. Anderson, presi- 
dent; G. R. Mhigie, vice president; R. F. Thomas, secretary and treas- 
urer, while the other directors are E. E. Brattain, Dr. L.'ll. Thomas. 
and E. C. Reid. The Pendleton Trust Company was organized in 1909 
with a capital stock of $20,000.00. Among his other interests Mr. 
Anderson owns four hundred and eight acres of laud in Fall Creek 
township and is regarded as one of the largest farmers and stook rais- 
ers in Southwestern Madison county. In politics he is ludependent 
and he is a memlier of the Grange. 

_ Thoma.- E. Day. Soaie thirty years ago Thomas E. Day tuok bis 
bride into Stony Creek township while the wilderness conditions still 
prevailed and vdth a strong arm and courageous heart l)egan the work 
of clearing out a home for himself and family. l>y dim of hard ia)>or 
and thrifty management he has prospered, untVi today he is not only one 
of the most substantial, but also one of the most iuduential men in ivis 
section of the county. 

--^ Thomas E. Day is a native nf tlie state of North Carolina where he 
was born April lo, 1858, an.d from an early age hatl to make his owu 
•way in the vrorld. His parenis were Alva' and Sarah (, Harris' Dc:y, 
neither of the parents ever leaving North Carolina which wks the state 
of -their birth and their life and death. There were eight childrei: in the 
family and Thomas E. was the sixth, and one of his sisters also lived in 
Indiana. The father died when Thomas E. was eight years of age. and 
he had little chance after that to get an education. He remained with 
an uncle for some years, and learned more of hard physical work ihau 
the lessons which are given in sciiools and in books. In compan\- with 
an aunt he arrived in ]\Iadison county. Noveeaber 22, 1874, and srH-)n 
afterward began his career on his own account. 

Thirty-two years ago Mr. Day married ^Fiss Sarah J. Shaul. and he 
then went into the woods and with his axe cleared up a tract of one 
hundred and ten acres, which has been the basis of his home. The six 
living children in the family are named as follows: "William H.. who is 
at home; Vado P., wife of Hugh Elinor; Luther P... who is married and 
a resident in Stony Creek township; James ?].. who is nmrned and 



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lives in Stony Creek to^v^nsllip; Iva M., who is uuinavi'ied and still iu 
ihe home circle, ajid Lorenzci, a student in the high sehool at Lapel. [Mr. 
Day and family are meuihers of the Christian ehiireh, and in [)olitics he 
is a Repiihlican, without any participation in party affairs or without 
ever having- held any public oflioe. ]Mr. Day is the owner of one hundred 
and eleven acres of land in Stony Creek township and has a prosperous 
ami well improved farm. 

John L. Givexs. A resident of ]iladison county for sixty-fi\'e years. 
Mr. riivens represents the progiessive rural citizenship of Stony Creek 
township, where he lias ;i fine farm of sixty-two acres, with exceUent im- 
provements and a comfortable Imme for himself and family. 

John L. Givens was liorn in Green township, iJadison county, No- 
vember 30, 1848, a son of Andrew and Elizabeth (Shawl) Givens. An- 
drew Givens, the father ^\'as born in the stiitc of .}.Iichigan', came to 
Indiana and was married in ^^ladison county, his wife being a native of 
this state. lie continued to reside in Madison county until his death 
in 1854. He and his v.'ife were the parents of three children, the othei- 
tvv-o being N. D. Givens, oi Iudi;iuapolis; and Julius Givejis, who is 
eomiected with the street railway system in St. Louis. 

]\Ir. John L. Givens was reared in Green township until he reached 
his majority, and as a boy attended the district scliool near his home. 
Green township, while he was growing up, stiil presented almost an 
expanse of wilderness, and the residents were still engaged in tlie hard 
l;^bor of clearing nnd grubbing and planting the first crops iu the hard 
won fields. That Avas the training ground for his early life. lie was 
married in Green tov,uship to Amanda Heshberger. and their happy 
married life continued until 1909 when !Mrs. G'-.'ens died. .She was 
reared in Green and Stony Creek townships and received her education 
in the public schools. The four sons born to their marriage are all living 
in 1913, namely: Horace, who is married and a rcoident of Stony Creek 
township ; Elmer, who graduated from the comr'ion schools and is mar- 
ried and lives in Hamilton county: "Willard. who graduated fi-o'u the 
Lapel high school and in 1913 from the Univer.sity of Indiana, and is 
now a principal of a graded school in Noblesville. this state; Asa, who 
finished the course in the common schools, and at the present time is in 
Indianapolis. ^Mr. Givens and family are members of the 'Progressive 
Dunkard Church. In polities he has ahvays been a regiilar supporter 
of the Republican party up to the cam.paign of 1912 in which he voted 
the Progressive ticket. 

Terlixg Stanley. A man who is well known to the citizens of his 
community by reason of his former connection with work of a .journal- 
istic nature, Vei'iing Stanley has for a long period been prominently 
identified with the farming and stock raising interests of Stony Creek 
township, where he is the owner of a well-cultivated farm of 260 acres. 
^fr. Staidey was born in Hamilton county, Indiana. June 16, 1857, and 
'S a son of Isaac and Hannah (Nuby) Stanley. 

Isaac Stanley was born in Clinton county, Ohio, and was about six- 
teen years of age when brought t<> Hamilton ('ounty. Indiana, by his 
l^arents. Here he engaged in agricultural pursuits and was reasonably 
successful in his operations, and at the time of his death, in 1893, hir, 
community lost one of its best citizens. His wife, a native of North 
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438 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

and here her death occurred iu 1911. Thej^ were members of the Friends' 
Church, in the faith of which they were married, and were the parents of 
five children, as follows: Yerling; ^lelissa, who became the wile of Prof. 
Fellows, vras a graduate of the high school and a former teacher; Edgar 
A., who is engaged in farming in Hamilton county, Indiana; Melvina, 
residing at Anderson, Iiidiana, the widow of Junius Knight; and Lydia, 
the wife of H. W. Ramsey, who is engaged in farming in Boone county, 
Indiana. 

Yerling Stanley received his primaiy education in the district schools 
adjacent to his father's farm, and supplemented this by attendance at 
the Union High school, at Vrestfield and by a course in the Indianapolis 
Business College. Succeeding this, he accepted a position on the New- 
castle (Indiana) Mercury, where he learned the printer's trade, and 
later, in company with Prof. Fellows, bought the Grant County Repub- 
lican, of ]\Iarion. One year later they sold this publication and ^Ir. 
Stanley went to Ohio, where he was editor and publisher of the New 
Holland News, which he conducted for one year, then becoming inter- 
ested in several other newspapers in Ohio. After a short period spent 
at his trade, on a Kansas Cit}- newspaper he recei^.ed a government 
appointment to a position in the government printing office at AVashing- 
ton, D. C, in which he remained four years. In 1895 Ylr. Stanley came 
to Lapel and purchased the News, of which he vvas editor and publisher 
for four years, and at the end of that period retired from newspaper life 
to engage in farming and stockraising. He is now the owner of a hand- 
some tract of 260 acres, all in a high state of cultivation, which has 
been rendered more valuable by the erection of a set of buildings of 
substantisl character and architectural beauty. 3Ir. Stanley has proved 
as good a farmer as he ""as newspaper man as evidenced by the gi-atify- 
ing success which has rewarded his etTorts, 

On August 14, 189S, Yiv. Stanley was married to Mrs. Isabella Y. 
(ilcCiintock) Ward, ""ho was born in Jackson township, -Madison 
county. She was edi'';ated in the district schools of her native town- 
ship, and was there married, November 4, 1883. to AYalker Y'ard, who is 
now deceased. One child wasborn to this union, Grace L., born August 
22, 1889, who died in infancy. Mr. and Mrs. Stanley have had one 
daughter: Yerlina ^L, born May 24, 1900, who is now in the seventli 
-grade in the public school at Lapel. 

Mr. and ^Irs. Stanley are members of the ]Metliodist Episcopal 
church at Lapel, in the work of which she has been verj' popular, num- 
bering many friends in the wide acquamtance they have formed since 
locating in their present home. In political matters, Mr. Stanley be- 
came an adherent of Progressive principles in 1912, but he has never 
sought public office, being content to confine his activities to his fani;. 
of which he has every reason to be proud. He is a m.ember of the I. 0. 
0. F., the K. of P. and the Red :\Ien. 

Oliver E. ]\IcClintock. . The roster of agriculturists of Madison 
county who have participated prominently in the movements which have 
served to bring about the great progress and advancement of this sec- 
tion of the State during the past half a century would be incomplete 
indeed did it not contain the name of Oliver E. ^MeClintock, of Stony 
Creek township, who, although now a resident of the town of Lapel, has 
for many years been interested in farming and stock raising in. Stony 
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HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 439 

.\rr. ]\rcClintock belongs to that class of enterprising, energetic men to 
%\\\oin are due the progress and improvement of the "West, while as a 
juiMic servant he has and is contributing materially to the welfare of 
his fellow men. Mr. McClintock was born on a farm in Jackson town- 
ship, ^ladison county. Indiana. June 21, 1858, and is a son of Daniel 
;,i!.l Elizabeth (Bristol) McClintock. 

The McClintock family is one of the old and honored ones of this 
section, and was founded in Indiana by Alexander ]\rcClintock, who 
t-ame as a pioneer from North Carolina. A son of this progenitor, George 
McClintock, settled in Anderson when there were but three houses in 
thnt place, his journey thence having been made by wagon, and subse- 
.]ueiitly he located on a tract of land along the river in Jackson town- 
>hip, where he passed the remainder of his life. Daniel McClintock. son 
of George, and father of our subject, was born in Jackson township, 
.May 19, 1832, and died May 4, 1910. He was reared ou his father's farm, 
received his education in the district schools and continued to reside on 
tiie homestead until within eight years of his death.' when he came to 
Stony Creek township and located in Lapel. For forty years he was a 
faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and his politics 
v/ere those of the Republican party, whose candidates and principles" he 
supported stanchly. A successful farmer, ISlv. ilcClintock developed an 
excellent property, and he was also a large breeder of pure-bred Short 
Horn cattle, which he served to introduce in Jackson township. He and 
liis wife were the parents of three children: George K. ; Oliver E.; 
.•md Belle y., a graduate of the Jackson public sebools, and now the wife 
of Verling Stanley, former editor of the Lapel Nncs, a sketch of whose 
fareer will be found on another page of this work. 

Oliver E. ^McClintock was reared on his father's farm and after a 
district school education and a term at high school, secured a teacher's 
license. He continued to farm, liowever, and remained on his father's 
property until he was twenty-one years of age. at which time he embarked 
in operations on his own account. Mr. oMcClintock was married Novem- 
ber 28, 1886, to >Mis5 Leora Wise, who was reared in Jackson tovaiship 
and educated in the common schools, and to this unioji there v/ere born 
five children : Hershel G.. a graduate of the Lapel High school, who 
was a public school teacher for one year and is now a Rural Free De- 
livery mail carrier out of Lapel ; Daniel, also a graduate of the Lapel 
High school, and now a teacher in the public schools of that place ; 
Vv'alter, a high scliool graduate, who is assisting his father in the opera- 
tion of his farms; Cecil, who graduated from the high school, and like 
his brother is engaged as an educator; and IMyrtle, who is still a student. 
at Lapel. The family has long been connected with the Methodist 
Episcopal Church, in which ]Mr. McClintock serves as steward. His fra- 
ternal connection is with Lapel Lodge No. 386, Knights of Pythias, and 
the local lodges of the Improved Order of Red Tvlen and the Independent 
Order of Odd Fellows. Politically a Republican, he was elected a mem- 
ber of the board of trustees of Stony Creek township, and is now serving 
his fifth year as incumbent of that office, w^here he has given the utmost 
satisfaction. 

In 1903 Mr. McClintock transferred his home from the country- to 
Lapel, in order that his children might receive better educational oppor- 
tunities. He is the owner of 500 acres of land, of which 200 acres are 
located in Stony Creek township and 300 in Jackson township, and all 
are under a high state of cultivation. General farming has occupied 

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the grtv.ter part of his attention, but he has also met M'ith a n-ratifvi,,, 
success m tne breeding of standard Short Horn cattle and Ai-aV'an 
horses, and few men of tne county are more widely known as stock buv;;' 
and dealers. Mr. McCnntock has been interested in other business Ve, 
tures, and is at present a stockholder in the Lapel State Bank In th, 
conduct ot his commercial interests and in the discharge of his otlici.l 
duties his reputation is unassailable and among the citizens of Lapel he 
IS held m the highest regard. ^ 

John B. Cragen. Every branch of commercial and industrial ar-tiv-' 
ity is represented at Lapel, for this locality is not only a flourishir.^ 
community, but furnishes a large contiguous territory that looks to if 
as a base ot supply. For this reason many progressive men uho se^k 
the best locality for the prosecution of their lines of endeavor have 
settled here, confident m the future of the place and in their ablHtv to 
make then; mark upon its advancement. The men who succeed here as 
elsewhere, m forging their way to the front ranks have to possess m'or^^ 
than the average aoility, as well as sound judgment and unswerving 
mt.^-nty or purpose ^ One of the men who has brought himself to an 
enviable position in his line of work, and at the same time secured and 
maintained a reputation for good citizenship among his associates is 
John B Cragen, notary public and dealer in real estate,- loans and insur- 
ance, who has been resident of Lapel since 3900. He was born in Lou- 
don county, ^ irginia, March 15. 1S34, and is a son of Samuel and Harriet 
(1 run die) Cragen. 

:\rr._ Cragen received his early education in a little log schoolhouse in 
his native state, and was a lad of fifteen years when he accorapanipd Ins 
parents to Illinois, there attending school for four months Tn ^8"3 
he went to Iowa, where he entered IGO aerps of land whicii aft^u- euU- 
vating he sold at a good figure and returned to the Prairie Stat^^ Ther^ 
he enibarked m the threshing machine business, and wliile so •-nr/aoed 
was injured m the fall of 1861. this accident incapacitating him for Jer- 
vice during the Civil war. His next venture was as an "educatOT- and 
tor tour years he taught school in Dewitt county, Illinois at th^ pnd o^" 
that period going to St. Louis, I\Iissouri, where he was en^a^-ed in th^ 
msurance business for twelve years, and while tliere he was married ^o 
Mrs. Dubois, who lived but a short time. In 1879 liv. Cra-eu came to 
Fishersburg. Indiana, and for several years was in the timhor business 
and was there married in 1883 to :\Irs. Charlotte Fisher His adveu^ 
m Lapel occurred in 1900, wlien he embarked in the insurance and real 
estate busitiPss, and in this line he has continued to the present time 
steadily building up a large and remunerative trade and ilrmlv establish- 
ing himself in public confidence and esteem. 

_ Mr. Cragen is a Democrat in his political views, but takes but littl^ 
interest m public affairs outside those that afi-'ect his iramerliate com- 
munity and Its people. He may always be depended upon, howevpr tc 
assist m forwarding movements calculated to secure ?ood o-overnment 
•and belongs to that class of citizens who believe that fhev can best for- 
ward their own interests by advancing those of their section. Althou^'n 
he belongs to no particular religious denomination, he has been iibennl 
m his support of religious work, and is known as a man who bavin ^ snc- 
eeeded himself is every ready to assist others to succeed. ?,Ir. Graven is 
one of the venerable citizens of Stony Creek tovv-nship. being the last 
survivor of those who lived here when he first canK^ to Fishersbur-^. but, 



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HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 441 

although in his st-venty-niuth year, still walks the streets with firm tread 
ill the daih' discharge of the duties of his business, a striking example of 
the virile and energetic old age that follows a life of sobriety and 
probity. 

Hox. Cn.\RLES Y\". BiDDLE. Elected in 1910 and now representing 
Madison county in the state legislature, Hon. Charles W. Biddle is one 
nf ,the ablest members of the agricultural community of this coinity and 
state. He was born ' and reared in the township whi.-re he makes his 
liome, has been steadily progressive both in business and in his civic 
iileas. and has the complete confidence of his fellow citizens, in any public 
capacity. 

Mr. Biddle resides in Adams township, in a very attractive and 
valuable farm homestead on section eighteen, six miles southeast of 
Anderson on the Columbus Pike. He was born in Adams township, 
November 23, 1S62, and his entire life has been spent witliin the limits 
of ^ladison county. His parents were James 'M. and Esther (Slaughter) 
Biddle. The paternal grandfather, Caleb Biddle. a native of North 
Carolina, brought his family from that state to ^Madison county in 1S29, 
when James Biddle was about twelve years old. By reference to the 
ger.eral history of thi^'c-ounty. published in this vs'ork, it will be seen 
that the year 1820 was one of tiie pioneer years in the settlement and 
development of IMadisou county. 

The Biddle family have tliereforo been factors and useful citizens 
in the history of this county from its earliest 3'ears to the present time, 
and each gceration has produced useful and honored citizens. James 
31. Biddle, the father, who was born in North Carolina in 1817, received 
part of his early education in North Carolina, and also atterided country 
schools in Adams township of ^tadison county, from the age of twelve 
years. He lived on the old Biddle homestead, whJch his father had 
entered from the government until his marriage. His vvife, Esther 
Slaughter, was born in Pennsylvania in 1S29. and her family also were 
among the early settlers of r^radison county. After their marriage they 
lived on the Biddle farm in Adams township of one hundred acres, and 
James Biddle added to the original estate until he was the owner of two 
hundred and forty acres. His life time was chiefly devoted to the im- 
provement and productive cultivation of this place, and he erected good 
buildings, fenced the fa)-m. and made it a very valuable propert}'. He 
lived there until his death in 1892. his wife dying about five years later 
in 1897. She was the mother of tlie following children: Georsv 'SI., 
livnig in "Wayne count}- ; Mary Alice, vrile of Charles ^litchel ; Margaret, 
^vife of Harvey ^I. Davis, Jenisha. wife of S. R. ]\Ianzy; John, a farmer 
^f Adams township ; Charles W., the subject of this sketch ; and Ida, wiie 
of Miles Elsbury, who resides on the old Biddle homestead. All the 
''hildren except George reside in Adams to^\-nship. 

Charles W. Biddle was reared on a farm, when a boy attended the 
district schools, knows and is known by practically all the old genera- 
tions of the county, and coutintied working on the home farm until he 
^■-is twenty-one years of age. He then began as an independent agri- 
cnlturist, but continued to live and work a part of the homestead until 
li*^ was twenty-seven \-ears old. At that date he married ^liss Nellie ^vl. 
^ray, a daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Gray, both of whom were well 
l^nown in Madison county. Mrs. Biddle was a talented young woman 
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442 HISTORY OF ^lADISON COUNTY | 

marriage. After his marriajje lie continued on tlie old place for a, time, 
and in 1898 bought his present place in Adams township, ninety-eight 
acres of choice land. There he erected a modem dwelling, a new barn 
and outbuildings, and under his super\'ision the fields have been well 
fenced, and all the place supplied with modern machinery. He raises 
first-class stock, hogs, cattle and horses, and is one of the rural residents 
of i\Iadison county, v^ho have made farming pay by application to the 
same business principles which bring success in other vocations of life. 

Mr. and ]\Irs. Bicldle are tlie parents of the following children: 
Ward G., a graduate of the Pendleton high school, and now engaged in 
teaching at Pendleton; Howard J., and Jesse S., who are both in Pendle- 
ton high school. 

For a number of years Mr. Biddle has been one of the factors in 
Democratic politics in -Madison county and Adams township. After 
serving in some of the minor responsibilities of civic affairs, he was 
elected representative of ]}.ladison county in 1910, and again in 1912, and 
has served to the present time. Among the important committees cf 
which he has been member were the Roads Committee, the Railroad 
Conunittee, and the Public and 'Municipal C'^rporation Committee. Dur- 
ing the session of 1913 ]Mr. Biddle was chairman of the Roads Commit- 
tee, before which w^as brought many important bills. At this time he 
introduced a road bill which was passed, and is knov.Ti today as the Biddle 
Road La.w. It changed the townsliip road system. Its great value is 
that it requires all road tax abo\-e twenty dollars to be paid in cash. 
This broke up the practice of railroads and other large corporations 
letting out their road tax work for the entire state to contractors who in 
the past have made thousands of dollars a year in working them oat 
.at a loss to the to^^mships and roads. 

Fraternally he is well known in ]Masonic circles, being a member of 
Ovid Lodge, No. 164, A. F. & A. M., at Columbus, and is also aSiliated 
with Tahoe Lodge No. 232 of the Improved Order of Red ^^len. His 
residence, situated on Columbus Pike is attractively locat.^d and in front 
of the house stands a massive native white oak, a tree that, when in 
full foliage is an admirable feature of the entire farm, and is often 
commented upon by those w^ho pass by. Charles TV. Biddle is known as 
a successful business man, an influential factor in politics, and also for 
his genial social character. \ 

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"Wu.soN T. Trueblood. Now li\'1ng virtually retired in the attractive 
village of Chesterfield, Mr. Trueblood was for many years one of the 
representative merchants of his native county and is a scion of one 
of the sterling and honored pioneer families of this section of the f.ne 
old Hoosier state. His career has been marked by earnest and pft'ecnve 
endeavor and he has at all times maintained secure place in the confi- 
dence and esteem of his fellow men, so that he is specially entitled to 
specific recognition in this publication. j 

On the old homestead farm of his parents, in Adams township, 3Iadi- 
son county, Indiana, 'Sir. Trueblocd was born on the ISth of December. 
1841, and is a son of Wilson and Meli.ssa (Overman) Trueblood, both of 
whom were natives of North Carolina and representatives of old and 
honored families of that commonr>-ealth. AYilsou Trueblood v/as reared 
and educated in his native state and was about thirty-five years of age 
at the time when he came to Indiana and numbered himself among the 
pioneers of ]\Iadison county. He purchased eighty acres of wild land, j 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 443 

in Adams township, and there reclaimed a productive farm, to the affairs 
of which he continued to devote his attention until his death. Of the 
ten children the subject of this review was the youngest and he is now 
the only survi\dng, all of the other children having been born prior to 
the family immigriition to Indiana, 

Wilson T. Trueblood was only two years of age at the time of his 
father's death and his mother subsequently contracted a second mar- 
riage and having continued to maintain her home in Madison county 
until she too was summoned to the life eternal. He whose name initiates 
this sketch gained his rudimentary education in the pioneer schools of 
Henry county and thereafter continued his studies in the village of New 
Columbus. At the age of twelve years he assumed a clerical position in 
a general store at New Columbus and he learned the business in all its 
details, with the result that he eventually proved himself well fortified 
for individual activities along the same line of enterprise. In 186S he 
established himself in the mercantile business in the village of Chester- 
field, and here- he built up a large and prosperous trade, based upon fair 
and honorable dealings and upon his personal popularity in the com- 
munity that has long represented his home and been the stage of his 
productive activities. He retired from active business in 1911 and has 
since lived virtually retired, in the enjoyment of the rewards of former 
years of earnest endeavor. He is the owner of valuable real estate in 
his home village, including both business and residence property, and is 
one of the well known and highly esteemed citizens of INIadison count}'. 

In politics ]Mr. Trueblood has long been a zealous supporter of the 
basic principles of the Republican party and as a citizen he has been 
liberal and public-spirited. He is affiliated with the local organization 
of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and his family hold member- 
ship in the Christian church. 

In the year 1S71 was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Trueblood to 
Miss Sarah E. Snyder and they have two children. Dr. Charles True- 
blood, the elder of the two, is one of the representative physicians and 
surgeons of Colorado, and is engaged in the practice of his profession at 
Monte Vista, that state. He wedded Miss Lulu Free and they have no 
children ; Ferdinand Trueblood, the youngest son, is in business in Ches- 
terfield, where he is engaged in a general store. He married Miss Inez 
Smith and they have three children — Ronald, Harry and Charles. 

Walter Isanogel. Special interest attaches to the career of this 
well known and highly esteemed citizen of Chesterfield, for he is a native 
of ^ladison county, a representative of one of its sterling pioneer families 
and has been prominently concerned with civic and business activities 
in the county which has ever been his home. 

Mr. Isanogel was born on a farm in Union township, Madison county, 
Indiana, on the 3rd of January, 1863, and is a son of Jacob and Mary 
(Goheen) Isanogel, whose names are prominently identified with the 
annals of Madison county, where they took up their abode in the pioneer 
epoch of the county's history. They became the parents of eleven chil- 
dren — John T., Solomon, William, and Isaac, who are deceased; Samuel 
E., who is a resident of Union township; Walter, who is the immediate 
subject of this review; Otto D.. and Sarah, who are deceased, the latter 
ha^dng been the wife of John Coburn; Caroline, who is the wife of 
Stephen Fosnot, deceased; Estaline, deceased; and Mary B., who main- 
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444 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

parents ou their removal from Preble couuty, Ohio, to ^^ladisou county, 
Indiana, in the pioneer days, was a son of Solomon and Eli/iabeth (Su- 
man) Isanogel. His father, who was of stanch German lineage, was 
born in Frederiek county, Maryland, and came to ]\Iadison coimty, 
Indiana, in the '50s. Under the administration of President Van Buren 
he here entered claim to eighty acres of government land, in Union town- 
ship, and he reclaimed the same to effective cultivation. He became one 
of the substantial pioneer farmers of this favored section of the state 
and his old homestead is still owned by representatives of the imme- 
diate family, whose name has been most worthily liuked with the civic 
and industrial development and upbuilding of the county. Jacob 
Isanogel was long numbered among the representative agriculturists 
and stock growers of Madison county, commanded inviolable place in 
popular confidence and esteem, and made his life count for good in its 
every relation. Both he and his v/ife continued to reside on the old 
homestead farm, one and one-half miles northeast of Chesterfield, until 
they were summoned to eternal rest. 

He whose names initiates this review was reared to the sturdy disci- 
pline of the home farm and gained bis preliminary education in the dis- 
trict schools. Later he availed himself of the advantages of the public 
schools of Chesterfield, and his ambition was further shov^-n by his 
becoming a student in the University of Indiana, at Bioomfield, and 
where he admirably fortified himself for the pedagogic profession, of 
which he was an able and popular representative for a nuiaber of year.?, 
as a successful teacher in the schools o^^ his native county. He was prin- 
cipal- of the Green Branch school and later of the school on Seventh street 
in the village of Chesterfield, where he held also the position of principal 
for a period of ten years. In Chesterfield he served as assistant post- 
master ur.der the regime of Mr. Krettenbarger, and thereafter he had 
charge of the public schools of this village, his assumption of this im- 
portant position having been made in 1S97. Thereafter he served for 
some time as deputy in the 'office of the county treasurer, after which 
he was again employed as an effective teacher in the district schools of 
the county. He engaged in the general merchandise business at Chester- 
field, where his personal popularity and the efi'ective service given 
brought to him a large and representative patronage. He retired from 
this line of enterprise in 1910 and has since given his attention princi- 
pally to the management of his real estate and other property interests. 

Mr. Isanogel is a man of broad and well fortified view> coneeridng 
matters of public polity and has shown a lively interest in all that con- 
cerns the welfare of his native county and state. Liberal and progres- 
sive in his civic attitude, he has been a stalwart supporter of the cause 
of the Democratic party, and both he and his wife are zealous members 
of the Christian church in their home village, where he is affiliated ^rith 
the Knights of Pythias, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and its 
'adjunct organization, the Daughters of Rebekah, as well as with xhe 
Improved Order of Red Men and the ^Modern Woodmen of America. 

On the 4th of July, 1889, was solemnized the mari-iage of Mr. Isanogel 
to Miss Minnie Bronnenberg, daughter of Ransom Bronnenberg. con- 
cerning w-hom specific mention is made on other pages of tliis volume. 
Mr. and I^Lrs. Isanogel have four children — Yelma. Helen. Robert E., 
and Olga E. Yelma married Edgar Click of Anderson township, a 
farmer; Helen is teaching at Ingalls, she attended the University of 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 445 

Indiana. The two younger eliildreu are atteudiiig the public schools of 
jheir home village. 

Seneca Chambf.r:^. Madisou county is essentially an agricultural 
coinuumity, and is noted no less for the excellence of its farms than for 
ihe public spirit and enterprise of the agriculturists who till them. One 
ut tliese successful farmers, a resident of the county for more than half 
a century, and still engaged in active pursuits, is Seneca Chcimbers, the 
owner of sixty-three acres of excellent land located on the Alexandria 
piki-. in Richland township. Mr. Chambeis was born on the farm which 
ho now occupies, February 24, ISGl, and is a son of John H. and Julia 
A. (Drybread) Chambers. The family is an old and honored one of this 
section, having been founded in j\Iadison county by the grandfather of 
.Mr. Chambers. There were five children in the fcimily of Mr. Chamber's 
parents : William, who is deceased; Sarah, who is tlie wife of Mr. Eshel- 
mun; Joseph, deceased; Seneca, and Clarissa, who is deceased. Both 
.Mr. and J.Irs. Chambers were members of the Christian church. 

The childhood home of Seneca Chambers was a little log house, which 
had been erected by his father some yea'-s prior to his birth, and he was 
reared amid pioneer surroundings. As v.-as expected of all Indiana 
larmers' sons of his day, he began to assist his father and brothers in 
• learing tht* home place as soon as he was able to do his share, his educa- 
tional advantages being secured in the short winter terms in the district 
s'-hools of Richland township and College Corners. Reared thus to agri- 
cultural pursuits, it v/as but natural that he should adopt farming as a 
vocation upon reaching years of maturity, and his subsequent success in 
his calling i? ample evidence that he made no mistake in his choice. His 
operations, commenced in a modest manner, have assumed large propor- 
tions, and he now occupies a substantial and firmly-established place 
aiuong the rgriculturists of his community, where he is known as a skilled 
and intelligent farmer and excellent judge of cattle. i\Ir. Chambers has 
us(.-d modern methods exclusively, taking advantage of the various dis- 
coveries and inventions which have made farming assume a position on a 
par with the professions, and showing good business judgment in dis- 
posing of his products and cattle, which have always brought top-notch 
prices in the markets. His comfortable home, situated on Anderson 
Koute No. 1, is surrounded by buildings of handsome architectural design 
and substantial character, and the whole appearance of the property 
denotes the presence of prosperity, thrift and able management. 

Mr. Chambers was married to ]Miss Callie Burke, now deceased, who 
^\'as a daughter of George and Elizabeth (Mahoney) Burke, old and 
prominent settlers of Madison county who are now deceased. Three 
children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Chambers, namely : Clara, who is 
deceased ; Ward, who married ^Millie Scott and resides in Richland 
fo\^Tiship; and Earl, who married Ethel Scott, and has two children — 
Mildred and Calvin. 

'Mr. Chambers attained distinction as a member of the famous Federal 
jury chosen on the noted Los x\.nge]es Times dynamite case, which opened 
October 1, 1912, before Federal Judge A. B. Anderson, in Indianapolis, 
when forty-six men, most of them union labor officials and agents, were 
placed on trial on the charge of complicity in more than 100 dynamite 
explosions, including that which destroyed the Los Angeles Times build- 
'"?• Of these two pleaded guilty, the charges against three were dis- 
'^issed at the opening of the trial, and thirty-eight were given various 



446 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

sentences in the Federal prison, although some of the latter have sinee 
been released on bail. This has been Mr. Chambers ' only public service, 
as he has not sought preferment in public or political life, preferring 
to devote his whole attention to his home and his farm. He has been a 
life-long member of the Christian church, and has been liberal in his 
support of its movements. 

CuRRAN ("Jack") Beall. Modern agriculture holds out many in- 
ducements to the industrious, progressive worker, especially when he 
has been trained to farming from boyhood. It is natural for such a man 
to capably perform the duties pertaining to this class of work, and, hav- 
ing had wide experience, he is able to recognize and appreciate the 
various advantages offered by new methods. Again, having passed 
through instructive experiences, he is not to be easily deceived with 
relation to the tiaie value of proposed innovations, nor is he apt to 
decline advantageous propositions. The demands of his neighborhood 
are known to him, and failure one season is not a discouraging factor, for 
the experienced agriculturist is aware ilia a one lean year generally is 
followed by two prosperous ones, and that in the time of small crops is 
granted the opportunity to prepare for banner productions. For these 
and numerous other reasons, the lifetime farmer enjoys a marked ad- 
vantage in the race for agricultural suprem-aey. Experienced in farming 
operations smce his boyhood, Curran ("Jack") Beall has become one 
of the leading agricultarists of Richland township, where he is the 
owner of 160 acres of excellent land, in addition to a valuable property 
in North Anderson. He was born on the farm v»-hie]i he now occupies, 
March 21, 1860, and is a son of Curran and Jennie (Gunder)_ Beall. 

Curran Beall, the elder, was born on a farm nt-ar Ceuterville, ^sVayne 
county, Indiana, and was educated in his native locality, coming to Madi- 
son county about 1846 after attaining his majority and here settling in 
Richland township, where he spent the remaining active years of his 
life in successful farming operations. He was married here, and he 
and his wife became the parents of six sons, of whom two survive : Cur- 
ran; and Archibald, who married Laura Coburn and has seven cliiMren 
^^— James, Fred, Arthur, Rosa, Garland, Brutus and Lilian. 

"Jack" Beall was reared on the old homestead where he was boru 
and received his early education in the sehoolhouso which was located 
on the old Tappan farm in this locality, this training being supple- 
mented by attendance at the ^Vlount Hope school in Anderson to^^niship. 
During his school period he assisted his father in the work of the home 
place, and until twenty-two years of age remained under the parental 
roof, at that time removing to a property of eighty acres some miles dis- 
tant in Lafayette township. After renting this land for a short pei-iod^ 
he returned and rented a like property belonging to his father, but not 
long thereafter went to North Anderson, where he carried on teaming. 
Returning to agricultural pursuits, he operated his mother-in-law's 
farm for several 3/ears, subsequently located on another rented property, 
and at the time of his father's retirement from active life again returned 
to the homestead, of which he was made manager. Here he has intro- 
duced various innovations and made numerous improvements. _ botli a> 
to buildings and equipment. Trained in the old school of practical iiliiy, 
he has combined with this the ideas and methods of modern days, u-ith 
the result that he has achieved material success and a firmly establislied 
position among the agricultural leaders of his community. 



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HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 447 

Mr. Beall was married August 20, 1882, to j\Iiss Mary Belle Kinna- 
luan, daughter of Henry and Frenie (Huutzinger) Kinniiuan. Mr. 
Kinuaman came to Madison county from Missouri and settled in 
Lafayette township where he was successfully engaged in farming up to 
the time of his death. He had three children : ]\Iary Belle, who married 
Mr. Beall; Rose M., who married 'Mv. Parsons; and Gertrude, now Mrs. 
Carpenter. Mr. and Mrs. Beall have two children: William Curran, 
who married Cora Vermillion, and has one child, Nondes ; and Ora Madi- 
son, who married Olive Pence, and has one child, Durvvood. Mr. and 
jMrs. Beall are consistent members of the Christian church, in' the work 
of which they have shown a commendable interest. The family enjoys 
the privileges of membership in the local lodges of the Independent 
Order of Odd Fellows and the Improved Order of Red Men, in both of 
which he has numerous friends. He is a Democrat in politics and has 
never held any public office. 

Michael Striker. When the Striker family firet located in Ander- 
son much of what is nov,- within the city limits was open country 
covered with hazel brush or wood, and Eight Street, now one of the 
busiest thoroughfares of the county seat, wound in and about the trees 
which still cumbered its course. • Various members of the family have 
been well known in this city and county and Mr. ^Michael Striker was 
for a long number of years successful as a butcher and wholesale and 
retail dealer in meats, but is iiow living retired. 

Michael Striker was born in Cincinnati, OJiio, on the fifteenth of 
October, 1850. His father was Adam Striker. Both he and his wife 
were natives of Baden, Germany, and one of the brothers of Adam 
came to America, but his settlement and his career from the time he 
landed have not been known to this branch of the family. Adam Striker 
was rerred in Germany, attended school steadily daring boyhood and 
then began an apprenticeship after the thorough GermaJi fashion to 
the stonemason's trade. His apprenticeship completed he married and 
with his bride set sail for America. The ship on which they took 
passage battled for three months with the waves before it landed them 
in New Y^'ork City. From there they came to Cincinnati, where he was 
emploj^ed at various kinds of vv^ork for a time. When the Pan Plandle 
Railroad, now one of the principal lines of the Pennsylvania System, 
was being constructed to Madison county, Adam Striker took employ- 
ment with the building contractor and assisted in felling the trees and 
clearing the right of v/ay, and later helped to construct the road beds. 
In the woods not far from the present site of the Pennsylvania Railroad 
Station in Anderson, he built a log shanty, which served as the first 
home of the Striker family in Anderson, and it was there that Michael 
Striker first lived and became acquainted with this vicinity. When the 
railroad had been built through this part of Indiana, Adam. Striker re- 
mained in Anderson, and followed his trade during the seasons when 
there was work, and also eked out his income at various other kinds of 
work. He was an industrious man, was much esteemed by his fellow 
citizens, and continued a resident of Anderson until his death at the 
age of seventy-seven years. He had married in Germany Catherine 
Dittus, who died at the age of sixty-nine. They reared nine children, 
named Michael, John, Adam, Henry, Jacob, Robert, Charles, Ben, 
Frank and Catherine. 

Michael Striker was only a child when the family came to Ander- 



448 • HISTOEY OF MADISON COUNTY 

son, aud though the pioneer period in the strict sense had passed .Mad- 
ison county was still sparsely populated, and as already stated a greater 
part of -what is now the site of the city of Anderson \ras in the tim- 
ber and brush. Wild game w^as still quite plentiful in the surrounding 
soil and occasionally deer and wolves were heard and seen in the vicin° 
ity. Michael Striker was reared to habits of industry aod thrift, aud 
was a mere boy when he began conti-ibuting the results of his labor 
to the support^ of the family. When he was a boy, he was apprenticed 
to the butcher's trade with Joseph Shawhau, a well known local butcher 
of that time. During the first year he got no pay with the exception 
of an occasional piece of meat which he carried home to the family. 
During the second year his pay was three dollars a week, and at the 
age of eighteen he w-as a capable butcher, aud during the winter was 
employed at the local packing house in dressing hogs, and being an 
expert in that line he earned five dollars a day, all of which he gave 
to his fatl;er. At the age of twenty, Mr. Striker was ready to start in 
bu.siness for himself. His capital was very limited, and he rented a 
shop and a slaughter house. For some time he liad no horse nor vehicle 
to assist in the business. He bought a beeve from John Q. Gastin at 
the Omaha Sudteh, and a hog from another party, and having butchered 
those animals began business. He was successful from the start, and 
soon afterv.-ards formed a partnership with oMaurice Wallace, making 
the firm of Striker & AVallace. This continued for about three yeai-s 
before being dissolved, after which Mr. Striker continued alone and 
did a flourishing business up to 1910. In that year he turned over his 
large stock and interests to his son. aud having acquired a handsome 
competency retired from business. 

Mr. Striker in 1875 on the tv/eniy-seventh of October married Miss 
Samantha Talmadge, who was born in Rush county, a daughter of 
William John and Priscilla (Highfield) Talmadge, a pioneer family of 
Rush county. Mr. and ^Irs. Striker's children are Laie, Cliiforl and 
Nellie. The son liafe married Florence Zimmer, and has four children 
named Catherine, Lois, Mar^- J., and Martha. 

Weems Bronxexbekg. Agricultural methods have changed very 
materially during the past several generations, and now that progression 
among the farmers has become a vital national issue there is every reason 
to suppose that still further advance will be made along all lines. Inter- 
urban service, the telephone and the automobile, with the consequent 
bettering of the roads on account of the increased popularity of tlie lasr- 
named, have brought the farmers much closer together and have placed 
them in close touch with the centers of activity, and the man today who 
devotes himself to the cultivation of the soil finds himself more inde- 
pendent than any other worker in the world. Among the progressi^'e, 
public-spirited citizens of Richland township is found Weems Bronnen- 
berg, the owner of 123 acres of fine land located on the Daleville road, a 
property that has been accumulated through years of persistent and v.-ell- 
directed effort. ]\Ir. Bronnenberg was born on the old Brouneuberg 
homestead in Richland township, ]Madison county, Indiana. April 8, 
1860, and is a son of Michael and Franeone (Forkuer) Bronnenberg, 
and a brother of Isaac B. Bronnenberg, a sketch of whoso career appears 
in another part of this volume. 

Weems Bronnenberg received his education in the public school at 
College Corners, and was reared on the old hovnestead, where he remained 



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HISTORY OF MADLSOX COUNTY ' 449 

until twenty-three years of age. At that time he left the pareutal roof 
and embarked upon a career of his owu, locating on an eighty-acre tract 
of land on the Daleville road, in Richland township. An industrious, 
persevering workman, thoroughly trained in agricultural methods, he 
has made a distinct success of his ventures, and as time has passed has 
addfd to his property by purchase, now having 123 acres of land under 
a high state of cultivation. This has been improved by handsome build- 
ings and modern equipment and machinery', and is • considered one of 
the tinest properties of its size in the township, its every detail giving 
evidence of the skill, thrift and good management of its owner. In addi- 
tion to general farming, Mr. Bronnenberg engages in stock raising, and 
his cattle are of high grade, demanding excellent prices in the local 
markets. 

Mr. Bronnenberg was united in marriage with Miss Susan M. Cham- 
bei-s. daughter of George and Rebecca ("Walters) Chambers, old resi- 
dents of ]\Iadison county who are now both deceased. To ^Ir. and Mrs. 
Bronnenberg there have been born seven children: Pearl; Bessie, who 
is the wife of Walter Imil, of Richland township ; George, who married 
Bertha Imil, also of this township; Chester; Claude; John and Ethel. 
The children have all been given good educational advantages and 
Claude has attended one term in the Anderson High School. The family 
home is located on Anderson Rural Route No. 4. 

Mr. and ^Irs. Bronnenberg are valued members of the Christian 
churcli. and ha"se ahvays taken an active part in its work and have 
numerous friends in its congregation. ]Mr. Bronnenberg is Republican 
in his political views, but votes independently and, while not a politician 
or seeker for public preferment, he has not been indifferent to the duties 
of good citizenship, and at all times has giveii his earnest support to 
able men and beneficial measures. 

WiLLLv:^! BuTi.ER Bronnexbeeg. Success has amply attended the 
efforts cf William Butler Bronnenberg, who has devoted himself with 
diligence and energy to the farming business all his life. Few men in 
this community have surpassed or equaled him in his accomplishments in 
the field of agriculture, and he is representative of the best and most 
progressive class of farming men in the county and state today. Begin- 
ning with little or nothing, ]Mr. Bronnenberg is today the owner of some- 
thing like 250 acres of the most fertile land in the county, which yields 
him richly and repays him goodly measure of prosperity for every shred 
of energy expended upon it. 

Born on August 25, 1853, on the farm of his parents in Union tov,Ti- 
sliip, ■William Butler Bronnenberg is the son of Henry and Mariah 
(Forkner) Bronnenberg, whose sketch appears elsewhere. As a boy at 
home, he attended the district schools of Union township, finishing his 
training in the Chesterfield schools. His father was a farmer, and the 
boy was early trained in the business for which he was destined. In 
young manhood he married and established a home of his own, Catherine 
Diltz becoming his bride. Two children were born to them, — Horace 
and Esther, both of whoni are occupied with farming interests. The 
^nfe and mother died in young life, and in 1884 Mv. Bronnenberg mar- 
rit'd a second time, choosing Snllie Butler, of English descent, who by a 
previous marriage to Yv'illiam Manger had one child, — Emerson. The 
hitter is married to Hazel Hancock, and has two sons, — Harold and 
Kalph. Sallie Butler Bronnenberg is the daughter of Jacob and Raehael 



450 HISTORY OF jMADISON COUNTY 

(Porter) Bivtler who were natives of soutlieru Ohio, and who never Mt 
tV'f:\J''' father of Jacob Butler was a native' son of S^^r/nany a 
were also the parents of his wife, Rachael Porter, and all were people of 
the most sterling worth well esteemed wherever they were known and 
valuable additions to the communities wherein thev located To ^ho 
secoua marriage of William Butler Bronnenberg one son was born"-- 
CecilBronnenberg, now attending school at Anderson, m- Bronn.'p- 
berg IS actively engaged in farming. He is a Democrat in his political 
belief, active and prominent in local polities, and fraternally has mem- 
bership in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is a member of 
the bpirituahsts' Association of Chesterfield. 

Emmor Williams. Among the highly respected citizens of Madison 
county Mho have returned to agricultural pursuits afier many vears 
spent m otner lines of endeavor, Emmor Williams, of Adams to^vn'ship 
is a representative example. He has always been an industrious, ener- 
getic workman, making his own way in the world by well directed efforts 
and has fairly earned the respect and esteem in which he is univprsaliy 
held. Mr. A\iiiiams was born on a farm in Fall Creek township, Madison 

^.S'-'''^ Ji.v.''°^' '^'"'^ -^' ^^^'5' ^"^^ i^ a son of Samuel F. and Arie \ 
(Kice) TVilliatns. 

Keniy ^Mlliams, the grandfather of Emmor WiUiams, spent his 
entire life m V. ilhamsburg, New York, which was named in his honor 
ihere was born his son, Samuel F. AYilliaras, who was re.nred in th^" 
JMiipire state, irom whence he came to Henry countv, Indiana in 1829 
and located near New Eden. He was married in Ilenrv county and 
came to Madison county in 1842, and after some preparation was ad- 
mitted to the bcir m 18o8. He continued to practice law throuo-hout the 
remainder of his career, served as justice of the peace of AdaTns towr,- 
snip xor twelve years, and died at New Columbus, Indiana, onp of ta? 
well known and substantial men of his community. Hp and h^'s wi^e 
were the parents of nine children, of whom Emmor is the onlv survivor 
Emmor Williams received his education in the district schools and as 
^ ^ J^?°u° "^^" learned the trade of stationery engineer, an oceuDation 
which he followed for many years. When twenty-four years o^ a<-p he 
removed to Pennsylvania, and subsequently went to Kansas bu*- evei't- 
ually returned to Anderson, Indiana, where he was engagpd at his vo'^a- 
tion at excellent wages, being an expert workman. In :\Iarch 1910 he 
returned to agTicultural pursuits, in which he has boen eno-ao-nri to'th- 
present time. He carries on general farming and stock raisin- and has 
been uniformly successful in his operations, being known as a c^ood 
business man and a practical farmer. 

On September 21, 1871, Mr. Williams was united in marriaov .yith 
Mrs. Maij L. Jlyers, of Berlin, Pennsylvania, who was educated" in the 
schools of Pennsylvania and the normal school, and for some vears Drior 
to her marriage was engaged in teaching. Three children have been born 
of this union: Annie H., who became the wife of E. E. Coffelt and died 
on the 31st of October, 1894; Martha, who died in infanev: and jiarv C, 
a graduate of the common schools, who is now the wife of A H Kirk- 
land, of Anderson, Indiana. Mr. and :\Irs. Williams are consistent mem- 
bers of the Christian church, in the work of which both have been active. 
b raternally he belongs to the Masonic order, Ovid Lodge, No. 164, A F. 
& A. M., of which he is,]Master, and Pendleton Chanter No 51 R '\ M • 
to Anderson Lodge, No. 746, I. 0. 0. F., and to' Anderson Lodge, No! 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 451 

46-i, K. of P. In political matters he is a Eepublican. He has always 
been a vrilliiig supporter of movements promoted with the idea of ad- 
vancing the welfare of his community or its people, and has ever been 
a friend of education, morality and good citizenship. He has a wide 
noqnaintance in Adams township, Vv'here his numerous friends testify 
to his general popularity. 

Edward E. Lyst. The architectural beauty of the city of Anderson, 
Indiana, has been brought about by a group of men of ability and artistic 
training who have possessed the public spirit necessary to cause them to 
labor faithfully and assiduously in transforming an ungainly, half- 
foruied municipality into a business and residerice center of which its 
citizens may well be proud. Years of experience and a wealth of ideas 
have been brought into this work, and the services of a number of the 
most able contractors in the state have been enlisted. Prominent among 
them is Edward E. Lyst. of the well-known contracting firm of Daniels, 
Lyst & Douglas, who has lived in this city all of his life, and who, during 
the past decade, has risen to a high place in his chosen vocation. 'Mv. 
Lyst was born in Anderson, Indiana, October 10, 1S70. and is a son of 
Thomas J. and Ellen (Smith) Lyst. ' 

Thomas J. Lyst was born in Butler county,- Ohio, in 1S33, and there 
passed his youth, receiving a common school education and early en- 
gaging in general contracting work. At the outbreak of the Civil war, 
he enlisted for service in the Uriion army as a member of Company 'M, 
Seventy-fifth Pegiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and continued to 
serve with that organization for three and one-half yeavs, participating 
in numerous hard-fought battles and taking part in what is known as 
"Sherman's Tvlareh to the Sea." Eeceiving his honorable discharge 
with a record for gallantry and. faithful service, he returned to his con- 
tracting operations, and became one of the leading contractors in various 
kinds of street work and paving, and continued to follow this same line 
of endeavor until his death in 1900. His widow still sur\'ives him and 
makes her home in the city of Anderson. 

Edward E. Lyst acquired his education in the public and high schools 
of Anderson, and on leaving school received his introduction to the 
contracting business as an employe of his father, continuing with him in 
cement and concrete paving work until the older man's death.' He then 
remained alone until 1904, when he joined the firm of Daniels & Lyst 
and five years later Mr. 0. "W. Douglas beca,rnc connected, making the 
firm of Daniels. Lyst &" Douglas, one of the largest concerns of its kind 
iii the state. The business has enjoyed a gratifying growth, and carries 
on extensive operations in street work, paving, concrete construction 
of all kinds, not only in Anderson, but in all parts of the ITnited States, 
and during the busy season a small army of men are employed. It has 
been the policy of the firm from the start to purchase only the best of 
Tnaterials from the most reliable of firms and factories, thus assuring 
their customers of the finest materials, while they them,selves furnish the 
best of work that can be done. To this method of doing business m.ay 
be given the credit for the success the firm, enjoys, and the high reputa- 
tion it maintains among the contractors of this State. Among his asso- 
ciates j\Ir. Lyst is knoT^ni as a capable, energetic and thoroughly quali- 
fied man, whose wide and varied experience makes him. a valuable asset 
to the firm in matters of importance. Ho is an enthusiast in his work, 
and has the power of enthusing others. He has been an investor in much 



452 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

city realty, and owns a modern residence at No. 916 West Seventh street, 
together with other valuable property in the city. 

In 1905 Mr. Lyst was united in marriage with :Miss Josephine Banks, 
of Anderson, Indiana, daughter of John Banks, who was at one time a 
well kno\\n business man of Richmond, Indiana. Mr. Lyst has interested 
himself in fraternal work to the extent of securing membership in Ander- 
son Lodge of Odd Fellows and Lodge No. 209, Benevolent and Pro- 
tective Order of Elks, as well as the ^Modern Woodmen of America and 
other organizations, but while he has always treasured the privileges of 
niembership, he has never held office. lie has never aspired to position 
in the political field, althougli he supports Republican candidates and 
principles. 

David R. Carltox. Naturally a man's success in life is measured by 
his prestige in business, political or social circles, and v.dien he tigiirJs 
prominently in all it may be reasonably assumed that he is possessed of 
more than the average ability. Among the men of Elwood, Indiana, who 
have risen to places of prominence in business life and have also attained 
eminence in the political arena, stands David R. Carii.on, county 
recorder of Z\Iadiscn county, and one of this section's most popular and 
capable officials. Mr. Carlton was born in Lafayette to\vnsliii>, ^Madison 
county, Indiana, September 2-:, 1S77, and is a son of William James and 
Anna (Nading) Carlton. 

Richard Carlton, the pa,ternal grandfather of David R. Carlton, was 
a native of Ireland, born in County Tyrone, who came to the United 
States in his twenty-second year and located in Madison county. In.iuma, 
where he and his wife, who bore the inaiden name of Elizabeth Ferguson 
and was also a nati^e of Ireland, spent tiie remainder of their lives. 
William James Carlton was born in Madison county, in 0':tober, 1S-L9, 
and passed his boyhood on his fatiier's farm, securing a liberal commo!i 
school education. He .early adopted, the calling of carpenter, subse- 
quently becoming a prosperous contractor, principally devoting himself 
to work on public highv»-ays and public work, and served as assessor of 
Madison county for one term. He married ^liss Anna Nading, a native 
of Pennsylvania, born in Lancaster comity of German parentage, and 
they became the parents of several children. 

David' R. Carlton received his education in the public and high 
schools of Elwood, Indiana, and after leaving the latter became a clerk 
in the boot and shoe establishment of Lane Brothers, of Elwood, v/here 
he remained two years. He then secured a like position with the Pitts- 
burgh Plate Glass Company, at Elwood, a position he resigned two years 
later to become record clerk for the American Plate Glass Company. On 
leaving the latter concern, Mr. Carlton embarked in business as a sales- 
man for the firm of LeAvis A. Crossett, of North Abbington. ]\Iassachu- 
setts, but subsequently returned to Elwood and became interested in 
the business of W. T. Wiley & Company, general merchants and dealers 
in dry goods, boots and shoes. Later he was a partner in the firm of 
Carlton & Collett, of Elwood, general merchants, afterward takijig over 
Mr. Collett 's interest and continuing in business as D. R. Carlton & Co. 
up to the present time. 

In 1903 Tvlr. Carlton was married to Mi.ss Lenna A. Ilamslier, daugh- 
ter of Dr. F. y,.. Hamsher, a well-known dental practitioner of Lafayette, 
Indiana, and to this union there have come four children : James 
Hamsher, Jane Ann. Ivathleen and Wilma ^Martha, ^^fr. Carlton has 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 453 

always affiliatcJ with the Democratic party, and has taken an active 
part in local, county and state politics. In the fall elections of 1911 he 
was his party's candidate for the office of county recorder, and was 
elected to that position, taking charge of the duties of the office January 
1, 1912, for a term of four years. He has proven himself a most faithful, 
capable and coiiscientious public official, and has firmly established him- 
self in the confidence of his fellow-citizens. Fraternally, ]\Ir. Carlton is 
connected Avith Quincy Lodge No. 230, Free and Accepted ^Masons ; 
Elwood Chapter No. 109, lioyal Arch Masons, and has attained the Scot- 
tish Rite degree. For some time he has been a member of the Lodge of 
the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, of which he served as 
exalted ruler, and has also lieen a member of the Grand Council. Dur- 
ing his long residence in ?dadison county. Mr. Carlton has formed a 
wide acciuanitanec, and his popularity is attested by a wide circle of 
sincere friends. 

Thomas ^Morris. Perseveran.?e. intelligence and industry combine 
to form the price of success in farming in these modern days of agricul- 
tural work, when, the hard, unremitting toil of former years has given 
way in large degree to the scierititic use of modern machinery and a 
comi>rehensive knowledge of intelligent methods of treating the soil. 
^Fadison county is the home of many skilled farmers who treat their 
vocation more as a profession tlian as a mere occupation and ttike a par- 
donable and justifiable pride in their accomplishments, among these 
being Thomas ^Morris, the ov.-ner of eighty acres of fine land located on 
the Lapel road in Anderson tovaisliip. The successful farmer of today 
realizes that to forward his own interests he must advance those of his 
locality — that there can be no individual achievement without com- 
munity development — and with other earnest and hard-working citizens 
Mr. ^lorris has labored to forward movements for the benefit of his 
townsliip and its people, thus fairly earning a place for himself among 
those whose activities have bettered their localities. 

Thomas ^Morris was born on the old ]\rorris homestead near Anderson. 
Indiana. January 22. 1851. and is a son of Isaac and Nancy C. (Haiuey) 
^forris. The family was founded in ^Fadison county by William ]\Iorris, 
the grandfather of Thomas IMorris, at an early date in the lustory of this 
section, he emigrating with his wife and children from Rush county. 
Isaac ]\Iorris was an agriculturist throughout his life, became a sub- 
stantial man. and was influential in the community in which he resided. 
He and his wife were the parents of five children, of whom three grew 
to maturity: Thomas; ]Maria, "who became the wife of Henry Warren; 
and William A., who married Hester Rogers, daughter of John Rogers, 
and has one child, — Nondas. 

As a lad Thomas Morris accompanied his father to jNIiarai county, 
there securing his education in the common schools during the winter 
terras, while the summer months were passed in assisting his father in 
the work of the home place. He embarked upon a career of his own 
^vhen but twenty years of age, at that time locating upon a forty-acre 
tract of land in Jackson township. Some years later, after his marriage. 
he purchased the adjoining forty acres, in company with his father-in- 
law, but about eight years later disposed of his pi'operty and bought his 
present land, fr.rmerly known as the Copeland farm, but novf called the 
Morris farm. ]\Ir. ^lorris' advancement has been by steady stages. He 
bf^s ever carried on his operations along well-defined lines and always 



454 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

he has had his ultimate goal in view. No adventitious circumstances or 
lucky chances have combined to give him success; it has been fairb- 
earned and is well deserved. A trip through the county would result 
in finding few more highly-cultivated properties and none tliat would 
give greater evidence of care and able management. The buildings are 
m the best of repair, the land is thoroughly worked and well drained 
and fenced, and the cattle sleek, well-fed and content. The whole 
property breathes prosperity. 

Mr._ ^lorris was married to Miss Caroline Coan, daughter of J. W. 
and jMinerva (Sackston) Coan, and to this union there have been born 
three children : Maud M., who is now deceased; Jennie, who is the wife 
of Oliver C. Perkins ; and Louie M., who is the wife of N. P Johnston 
and has two children, — Cecil and Efifie. — 

Mr. and Mrs. Morris are consistent members of the ]\Iethodist church 
and are active in its work. xVs a citizen, :\Ir. lyiorris stands high, but his 
connection with political matters ceases when he has cast his vote in 
support of Democratic candidates and priuciples. although he is inter- 
ested m his party's success. His wide circle of friends gives evidence of 
ills general popularity. 

Emersox Maxgee. One of the more arabitious and enterprising 
young farming men of Union t0An>ship may be cited in the person of 
Emerson Manger, who gives his time and honest attention to the culti- 
vation of his eiglity acre farm, located some two miles north of the town 
of Che5t(5rfield. His accomplishments in the years of his residence here 
have been well wortlu- of mention, and it is not too much to expect that 
the future will find him steadily advancing in pro^3peritv and success. 

Born on August 29, 1881, in Pike county, near the town of Piketon, 
Ohio,^ Mr. Manger is the son of William and Sallie (Butler) ^Janovr'. 
His father died when he was quite young, and his mother later married 
William Butler Bronnenberg. mention of which is to be found in a «ketch 
devoted to the Bronnenbergs in another portion of this work. The 
Manger family originally came from Germany, where it was long estab- 
lished, and many of its representatives will be found there to the present 
day. 

On August 5, 1905, :\lr. .Manger married Hazel Hancock, coueer.ning 
whose family mention is made elsewhere in this work. Two children 
have been born to them, — Harold and Ealph. 

Mr. I\ranger is a Democrat, but in no sense a politician, and lie is 
fraternally identified by his membership in the Knights of Pythias and 
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is prominent in local circles, 
and is kno-wn for one of the more successful stock men of the township. 

Walter Maul. A native son of Pendleton, where he has passed all 
his life, Mr. Maul grew up in this community and learned a trade there, 
has used his business energy in extending his work and service, and is 
now enjoying a yearly increasing success as a brick-mason contractor. 

Walter ^Vlaul was born in Pendleton December 24, 1371, a son of 
George K. and Susan R. (Parson) Slaul. The father was born' at Hunts- 
ville iri_ Fall Creek township in 1847, so that the family is amonsr the 
oldest in soutlvwestern ^Madison county. The father nov.- resides at 
Caney, Kansas. During the Civil v.-ar he went out from iladison county 
as a soldier and gave faithful service to the Union. Plis wife was also 
born in iMadison county, and her death occurred in 1S84. Thev were the 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 455 

parents of four cliildren and three are living in 1913, namely: Cory, 
who is employed in the mills at Anderson, this county; Fred, who is a 
glass- worker and now resides in Kansas ; and Walter, 

Walter Maul was reared in Pendleton and attended the Pendleton 
schools while growing up. AVhen he was about fourteen years of age he 
began learning the brick mason's trade, and since that time has been 
almost entirely dependent upon his owii exertions and enterprise for his 
livelihood and*^ success in the world. Since 1906 he has directed his ener- 
gies and experience to general contracting and this business requires a 
large amount of travel and he is away from home during a great portion 
of the building season. He novr looks after the general work and does 
the estimating. In June, 1S92, I\Ir, ]Maul married ^liss Flora Belle 
Kennedy, who was born in Tennessee, and received most of her educa- 
tion in the schools of Indiana. They are the parents of two children: 
Hazel F., born in 1894 and residing at hoi^ie, is a stenographer and 
book-keeper for the Hardy Machine Company ; Paul T., born January 6, 
1905. Mr. :\Iaul is affiliafed ^vith Pendleton Lodge, I. 0. 0. F., and with 
Morning Star Lodge, K. of P. In politics he is a Pepublican. 

John A. Smethees. A farmer and lifelong citiJien of Greene tpvm- 
ship, in Madison county, John A. Smethers has lived a life of usefulness 
and 'worthy influence in his native community, and is well deser\'ing of 
the position he holds in the minds of those who know him. He v/as born 
here on August 20, 1867, and is the sou of James "W. and ]Mary R. 
(Schweikhardt) Smethers. 

James W. Smethers was born in tliis township also, and is novr a resi- 
dent of Ingalls. He has been twice married. His first wife died on 
April 7, 1889, leaving him six children, four of whom are now living. 
They are John A., of this review: Charles F., of x^nderson. Indiana; 
William X., a farmer of Greene to^^-:ls]lip ; and Warren F., who is in the 
employ of the Big Four Eailroad. Following the death of the mother 
of these children, ^Jaraes W. Smethers married :Mc.tilda Clark, and their 
one child, Guernsey J., shares the home of his parents. 

John A. Smethers was reared on the farm home in Green township, 
and received such education as he was favored vvith in the public schools 
of his native community, which he attended until he was about eighteen 
years old. Until 1891 he continued to work on the farm, when he 
identified himself with the produce business in the employ of J. S. 
Cummins, continuing therein for n\e years, and then entering the gro- 
cery business for a similar period in IngaUs, Indiana. He then clerked 
in a hardware and general merchandise store for Randall Bros, for some 
six years and in 1908 was elected assessor of Green township. He later 
bought the farm of D. R. Richard in sections 26 and 28, located in 
Green township, where he has since resided. 

On April 2, 1893, he married Merrilla M. Richards, who was bom 
on the farm she now occupies with her husband, on August 28, 1872, 
and who is the daughter of David R. Richards and his wife, Emily 
Caroline (Davis) Richards, both of whom are deceased. One child has 
been bom to Mr. and Mrs. Smethei^,— ^Hldred F., born Marc^h 27,_ 1896. 
She is a graduate of the commoji schools and is now a student in the 
Fortville high school. The family are members of the Christian church 
of Ingalls. Mr. and Mrs. Smethers are members of the Pocahontas 
Order, and Mrs. Smethers is Past Chief of that society, and has attended 
the Grand Lodge of the Order in session. He is also a member of the 



456 HISTORY OF IMADISON COUNTY 

Order of Red ilen. Mr. Smothers is a Republican, imelligently active in 
the work of the party, and he is now serving as assessor of the' township. 
He carries on a general farming business, and is prominent in local" 
circles in the township, where he has passed his life thus far. 

Benjamin H. Cook, ]M. D. Numbered among the most important of 
the learned professions, and the one that undoubtedly has made the most 
progress during the past several decades, is that *^of medicine, whose 
devotees are called upon to continue their studies at all times and to keep 
fully abreast of the times in order to observe the numerous discoveries 
a.Jid advancements of their honored calling. A practicing physi-ian 
since 1885, Dr. Benjamin H. Cook has risen to a high place in his pro- 
fession, -and since 1903 has been located in Anderson, in which field o? 
endeavor he is highly regarded both as a physician and as a citizen. He 
is a ]iative of the Hoosier State, born August 22. 1858, in Hancock county, 
and is descended from Adam C. Cook, who located at Jamestown, Vir- 
ginia, as early as 1C21. The son of Adam C. Cook was Daniel Cook, 
whose son, Joel Cook, was the grandfather of Dr. Cook. Matt F. Cook' 
sou of Joel Cook, and father of Dr. Cook, was born April 1, 1821. iii 
Mercer county, "West Virginia. 

Ben.iamin H. Cook received his preliminary educational trainaig in 
the public and high schools of Hancock county, Indiana, following which 
he entered upon a career of his own, and for a time was variously em- 
ployed, accepting whatever honorable work came to hand. He event- 
ually decided to become a physician and started the study of mediciue 
in the offices of Dr. Lundy Fussell, of IMarkleville. J.Iadison county, 
Indiana, following which he entered the ^Medical College of Indiana, 
and was graduated therefrom in 1885. He at once entered upon the 
practice of his profession, being associated with his preceptor for a time, 
but later went to TVilkinson, Hancock county, Indiana, and remained 
seventeen years at that place, building up an excellent practice. In 
1903 Dr. Cook came to Anderson and here he has continued to the pres- 
ent tinie. A close and careful student, he has been successful in buildin;: 
Tip a large professional business and in firmly establishing himself in the 
-confidence of the people of his adopted place. He has the inlu-r^'ut 
ability and sympathetic nature so necessary to the practitioner, and his 
success in a number of complicated cases has gained hira the respect of 
his fellow-praciitioners. He is interested in the work of the various 
medical organizations, and is a member of the Madison County Medical 
Society and the Indiana State ^Medical Society. Fraternally, he is a 
prominent Mason, belonging to ]\Iount ^Nloriah Lodge No. 77, F. & A. Z\I. ; 
Kingston Chapter No. 36, R. A. M., and Knightstowu Commander}- No. 
9, K. T. In his political views he is a Democrat, and has served his 
party as a member of the Democratic central committee. 

On January 30, 1889, Dr. Cook was married to :\Iiss Laura E. 
Cooper, of Wilkinson, Hancock county, Indiana, a daughter of James 
Madison Cooper. Mrs. Cook was born at Cowgill, jNFissouri, and came 
to Indiana with her parents, in 1881. To the union of Dr. and Mrs. Cook 
there have been born seven children, as follows: Theophilus Pravin, 
Har-zey Weir, Merle, Herschel Paul, Sarah Elma, Rachel Anna, and 
James Farley. Dr. Cook is the owner of a comfortable modern residence 
at No. 630 West Twelfth street, Anderson. 



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HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY" 457 

Thomas Morris Hardy. The prosperity and advauceinent of a 
community depend upon the social character and public spirit of its 
members and in every prosperous town or country center may be 
found citizens who take leadership and give their energies not alone 
to their well being but to the things that make better and fuller life 
for all. Such a citizen at Pendleton has Mr. Hardy been recognized 
for many years. Lieutenant Hardy was a soldier of the Civil war, 
was in early life d teacher, from that became actively identified with 
farming, and for the past twenty-five years has been best known as 
a banker, being now president of the Pendleton Banking Company. 
His success in business has been accompanied by equal public spirit in 
affairs, and it was due to his generosity and energetic work that the 
town of Pendleton now possesses its excellent public library, and insti- 
tution which is having a large influence in the culture of the local 
citizenship, and in future will continue to exert a great uplifting force 
in this community. 

Thomas Morris Hardy was born in Fall Creek township, Madi.-on 
county, February 4, 1840. He best represents one of the old families, 
a family that became identified with this historic vicinity of Madison 
county, not far from the time when the first permanent settlements 
were planted, and the name has always been borne with dignity and 
usefulness since it was first known in this locality. His parents were 
Neal and Elizabeth R. (Frissel) Hardy. Neal Hardy, the father, was 
born in Chester county. Pennsylvania, November, 1802, and his wife, 
a native of the same vicinity, was born in 1803. Both were reared, 
received their education and were married in Philadelphia, and shortly 
after their marriage came west, making the journey in a one horse 
wagon until arriving in Fall Creek township, v,uere the father entered 
eighty acres of land from the government. This homestead, selected 
from the midst of the great wilderness which at that time extended over 
nearly all eastern Indiana, the father cleared u^^ and gave his industry 
and management to the estate throughout tliC rest of his life. His 
death occurred in November, 1869, while his wife survived until July, 
1888. The mother was a member of the Society of Friends, and the 
father was an attendant of the same church, though he was veiy liberal 
in his religious views, and contributed and supported church and benev- 
olence with little regard iov denomination. His particular interest in 
community affairs was in educational m.atters, and for some ten or 
twelve years he acted as township tnistee of Fall Creek township a-id 
gave some very efficient service in administration of all local affairs, 
with 'particular reference to the upbuilding and improvement of the 
local school system. Among the citizenship in his time in Fall Creek 
township he was recogTiized as one of the strongest men of the vicinity. 
In politics he was a Republican after the formation of that party. He 
was affiliated with the Odd Fellows Lodge. He and his wife were the 
parents of eight children, and three are living in 1913, as foUows: 
Thomas Morris; Eliza A., widow of John R. Boston; and Sarah K.. 
wife of Joseph D. Kinnard. 

Thomas Morris Hardy was reared on the old homestead in Fall Creek 
township, received his education in one of the early sch.ools of this 
locality and after attending the district school went to the Pendleton 
Academy for six months. Then in 1862, at the age of twenty-two, ho 
enlisted in Company A of the Sixteenth Indiana Infantry, and was 
^th the army during its great campaign down the Mississippi Valley. 



458 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

He was in the Yicksburg Campaign and was twice wounded. At his 
enlistment he went in as a private and for meritorious service was pro- 
moted to lieutenant after the Battle of Arkansas Post. He was mus- 
tered out at the conclusion of three yeai's' military duty with this rank. 
After his return as a veteran soldier he spent three years in Illinois as 
a teacher and farmer, and then returned to the old hoLiestead where 
he continued as a teacher and farmer for some eight or ten years. In 
1890 Mr. Hardy, in association with E. P. Rogers, "became comieeted 
with the Pendleton Banking Company, and has since acquired a half 
interest and has been president of the company since 1905. This is 
one of the strongest private banks of ^ladison county, and the company 
enjoys high standing throughout all the territory tributary to Pen- 
dleton. 

Lieutenant Hardy was married September 28, 1865, to Margaret 
J. "VYilson, who was born in Madison county, November, 1839. Mrs. 
Hardy received her education in the public schools of this county, 
and was a valuable companion to her husband and greatly beloved in 
all social circles. After nearly forty-four years of happy married Kfo 
she passed away on August 22, 1909. Mr. and Mrs. Hardy had no 
children of their own, but they reared five under the protection and 
influence of their own roof, giving them good educational advantages 
and the best of influences for their preparations to meet the larger 
duties and responsibilities of life. One of their children now keeps 
house for I\Ir. Hardy. - 

Lieutenant Hardy is a member of the Friends church, is affiliated v,"ith 
the Grand Army Post No. 230 and the Loyal Legion of Indiana. He 
has for many years been a supporter of the Republican party, but in 
the last campaign of 191f* gave his vote for the new Progressive party. 
He donated the lot on which the Pendleton Public Library now stauiils, 
and this donation was at the time absolutely essential to the success 
of the library enterprise, iince the necessary endovvment could not have 
been secured without this generosity on his part. He has served as 
president of the Library board since its organization in 1909 and has 
devoted much time to the success of this local institution. 

John ^If.ckel. With the pre-conceived ability to design and execute 
plans for buildings, possessed of marked artistic talent and that hard- 
headed practicality wliich puts ideas and ideals to the tost of materiality, 
and the capacity for co-operation with others, John Meckel, architect of 
Anderson, has accomplished a work in the planning of structures that 
is of such a character as to leave its impress on the city for mariy years 
to come. "With a mind fertile in means, resources and expedients, he has 
fully mastered the multitudinous details of his complex and many-sided 
profession, and has risen to deserved prominence solely through merit 
and undeviating application. 'Mr. Meckel was born in the city of Cin- 
cinnati, Ohio, June 25, 1844, and is a son of Jacob and Katherine 
(Eckhart) Meckel, natives of Germany. 

Jacob Meckel learned the trade of shoemaker in his youth and worked 
thereat in the Fatherland until grov?n, emigrating to the United States 
when twenty-one years of age and locating in Cincinnati, Ohio, where 
he was married to Katherine Eckhart, who liad co^ne to this country ess- 
lass of sixteen years. For some years Jacob ^leckei was engaged in 
custom shoemaking in Cincinnati, but in 1848 removed with his family 
to Henry county, Indiana, where he purchased a farm of eighty acres. 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 459 

and devoted his energies to fanning and stock raising. His operations 
^vere fairly saccessful, and at the time of his death, in 1890, he was con- 
sidered one of the substantial men of his community. ?.Irs. Meckel 
passed away in 1881, having been the mother of five sons and two daugh- 
ters, of whom one son and one daughter are deceased. ^ 

John Meckel was reared on the home farm, and was sent to the dis- 
trict schools during the winter terms until his eighteenth year, in the 
meantime assisting his father during the summers on the farm. He then 
learned the trade of carpenter and followed that occupation for several 
years, during wliich time he took up the study of architecture, his knowl- 
edge being accjuired at Cambridge City, Indiana, at which place he ha,d 
been a contractor for a time. In 1885 he removed from Cambridge City 
to Anderson, and this has since been his field of endeavor. He has 
draAvn and completed the plans for many of the fine dwellings, bu-siness 
houses, schools and churches of this city, as well as the Anderson Opera 
House, but has not confined his efforts to this community, for in the 
country an.d a number of neighboring towns and villages are found many 
examples of his skill and talent. His work evidences the pride he has 
taken in his adopted locality, and his conscientious devotion to the best 
ethics and ideals of his profession has given hini a firmly established 
position in the ranks of leading Indiana architects. 

Mr. ^Meckel was married in 18G9 to ]\[iss Edna A. Barnard, of 
Henry county, who died in 1895, leaving the following children : Frank 
B., who is a resident of Anderson ; Grace, who is the v.ife of John ^Y. 
Bernard, of Neosho, Missouri: Nellie B., who died in 1895; and Maude, 
a stenographer and bookkeeper at present residing at Neosho, ^fissouri.- 
Mr. Meckel was marned in 1901, to ]\Iiss Ella St. John. The family 
residence is located at No. 215 AA'est Sixth street, corner of Brov,-n and 
Sixth. 

Mr. ^Meckel has enjo^'ed the privileges of membership in fraternal 
orders, belongiiig to Cambridge Lodge No. 17, Independent Order of 
Odd Fellows, and No. 9, Knights of Pythias. He is a Democrat in his 
political views, and while a resident of Cambridge City served capably 
as a member of the city council for a period of four years. 

George W. Bickford. Mr. Bickford has been a resident of Anderson 
for more than twenty years and during the greater part of that time 
has been one of the faithful and efficient men in the postal service. He 
comes from good New England stock, and was born in the xdllage of 
Rochester, New Hampshire, June 11, 1856, a son of John IT. and ]\Iary 
Jenks Bickford, both natives of New Hampshire. The father was a car- 
penter by trade and worked in that line the greater part of his life, and 
did well by his family, 

George "W. Bickford grew up in New England, attained his primary 
education at Great Falls, now Summersworth, and after getting a com- 
mon and high school education entered the Massachusetts College of 
Pharmacy at the age of fifteen. He then clerked in a drug store for 
seven years, in Boston, Massachusetts. From Boston he moved out to 
Kansas, and was a resident and business man at Philllpsburg until 1891. 
In that year he returned to Indiana, and located at A.nderson. In 1896 
Mr. Bickford became a government employe as a letter carrier, and for 
seventeen years has quietly performed a service which has brought him 
both esteem and recognition as one of the important factors in his local 
work of the city. He has filled his office under different postmasters, and 



460 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

is now one of the oldest men in this service in tliis city He is a Demo 
crat m his political affiliations. 

On April 6, 1881, Mr. Bickford was married in Kansas to Mis.s 
Catherine Hanlon who was born in Connecticut, a daughter of John 
Hanlon ot Philadelphia. Their union has been blessed .vith the foUow- 
mg cliildren : T\ alter N. ; Laura M. ; Leo and Roy. 

In .Alasonic circles, Mr. Bickford is one of the best known member* in 
Anderson, and has lus afuliations with Mount IMoriali Lod^^e No ^57 

fici % , v-\r'^''^'T" ^^-iP^^'- ^"^^ 52. R. A. M.; Anderson Council No" 
bJ, R.&i. M.; Anderson Commandery No. 32, K. T. For thirtPen years 
he served as secretary of :VIouat 3Ioriah Lodge. He is a member of the 

?i'^i^?',^' ''^''"■''^'- ^^'^ Bickford home is a pleasant residencp at 120 
VV . b lith street. 

Hox. George Nichol. Still hale and hearty at the a-e of ei-hfv- 
three and a familiar tigure on the streets of Anderson and a^ daily visitor 
at .he store wnoso business ^^-as founded and built up bv him Hon 
^ trc-orge Niehol has a record as a soldier, business man^ piiblic spirit-d 
citizen ana omcial,_ which places him among th. most venerable and 
usetui men Ox Madison county. Nearly sixty vears of his life timr^ h«'^ 
been spent within the limits of this county, and he is one of the f^w 
stillhvmg w-hose memory and intimate knowledge of business and local 
attairs gocs oack into the decade of tlie fifties. Andei^son as a city of 
trade and industry has been fortunate in its posscs^sion of a fine bodv 
of citi/.ensiup, nicludmg men of ability and integritv to direct the lar--e 
enterprises which have given this city distinction, ainono- the lar4r 
cities 01 Indiana, and Hon. George Niehol during his lonc^ and varfpd 
career has been one of the most prominent of business ouilders and 
upholders of local prosperity. 

Born in Butler county. Ohio, Januarj^ U, 1830, George Nichol via-- 
a sonof Thomas and Jane (.Marshdl) Nichol. and comes of an old and 
prominent American family. The family historv is au^hpntic?n.- traced 
back to the time of Edward the Confessor of En^-land drr.-nl- who-e 
reign a member of the family came over from Normandv and°dur'n- 
subsequent generations the name, individual records, and thf Nichol 
coat of arms are found in English annals. The founder of th^ American 
tanuly was Francis Nichol, who was born in Enniskillen. Iivland in 
1/3/, and came to America, with his brother AViiliam who afterward* 
Served as a captain in the American army. Thev settled iti Cumberland 
county, Pennsylvania, and in June, 1775, Francis Nichol enlisted in the 
patriot army. He was promoted to the rank of second lieutenant and 
was taken prisoner at Quebec, December 31, 1775. Released in Au<^ust 
17 < 6. he later rose to the rank of brigadier general of the American' 
forces. At the close of the war he was elected first United States marshal 
of eastern Pennsylvania, and died at Pottstown, Februarv 13. 1S12 
^ _ General Francis Nichol was the great-sn-andfather of Hon Geor^p 
Nichol of Anderson. Grandfather Thomas Nichol, who was born near 
Belfast, Ireland, after coming to the United States settled on land on 
the Ohio side of the River Ohio, near Vnieeling, AVest Virginia, but after- 
ward moved to Butler county, Ohio, where he entered one hundred and 
sixty acres of land, and cleared off tlie v/oods vrith his oX. His children 
were: Joseph, a soldier in the war of 1812; John: Thomas: George: 
Wells; Sarah A., who married Jesse Andrew; :\Iarv. who married Mr 
Marshall, and :\Iartha, who married a :Mr. Royce. 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 461 

The ftithcr of Hon. George Nichol, Thomas Nichol, was boru about 
1803 in Behnout county, Oliio, and was about three years old when the 
family moved to Butler county. He received his education in the 
pioneer schools, and in Butler county married Jane ^larshall, daughter 
of Gilbert and Mary (Taylor) ^Marshall. After the marriage the young 
eOUi')]e settled on land in the woods, and eventually became owners of a 
fine farm of two hundred and forty acres, where the father spent the 
remainder of his life. He was a Jacksonian Democrat in politics. The 
children of Thomas and Jane were: William M., born in 1828; George; 
Mary; Joseph AY.; Martha; Gilbert; Jennie; Frances-. Catherine; John 
and Robert. 

AVhile a l)oy on tlie home farm in Butler county, George Nichol had 
only limited opportunities for ac(|uiring an education, although they 
were probably the best to be obtained at that time and in that country. 
His early ambition v/as for a good education, and he secured it during 
a number of terms in the district schools, and one year at Farmers Col- 
lege, near Cincinnati. In 1852, when about twenty-two years of age, 
Air. Nichol went to Keokuk, Iowa, and became clerk in a hardware store. 
From there in Alarch, 1854, he came to Anderson, which was destined to 
be the city of his permanent residence. In Anderson he established 
himself in business on his own account as a hardware merchant, his 
associate being Amos J. King. From that year, nearly sixty years' 
distant to the present time, the name of Nichol has been familiarly 
associated Anth the hardware trade in Anderson. Air. Nichol retired 
a nuniber of years ago, but his two sons, Thomas J. and George E., still 
carry on the enterprise, founded and made prosperous by their honored 
father. Thomas J. is presidetit of the Nichol Hardware Company, and 
the younger son is also in the business. 

Air. Nichol had been in Anderson but a few }eais when the Civil vvar 
cast its blar-k sliadow across the country and made the usual routine of 
existence and business an impossibility. He was one of the young men 
who went out from Anderson in September, 1861, as a private in the 
"Forty-seventh Indiana Volunteers, and was soon afterwards appointed 
quartermaster of his regiment. At the end of his term in 1861 he 
returned home, after having participated in all the severe campaigns 
through which the Forty-seventh passed. He held the rank of first 
lieutenant in the army. His service as a soldier b}- no means ended 
Air. Nichol's participation in public affairs, and his lias always been the 
part of the disinterested and unselfish worker for the general welfare. 
Air. Nichol was one of the founders of the Republican party in this 
section of the country, and voted for its first presidential car.didate, 
John C. Fremont, for Abraham Lincoln, and for every other Republican 
candidate to the present time. For his success in business and for his 
eminent public spirit, he has been honored witli positions of trust in his 
community. He was a member of the first city council elected in Ander- 
son. In 1870, he was elected on the Republican ticket to the office of 
county auditor, being the first Republican elected in the county to that 
important office. That was one of the notable campaigns, made so by 
his successful participation. His opponent v.'as the late Neal C. 
AfcCullough. a man of ajiknowl'^dged integrity and ability, and long 
prominent as a leader in public affairs. The county at that time was 
safely Democratic by six hundred majority, and the fact that Air. Niehol 
ovevci'.me this margin was one of the highest compliments ever accorded 
to an individual in the political history of Aladison county. He served 



462 HISTORY OF ^^lADISON COUNTY 

as auditor from 1871 to 1875. In 1904, he was elected a member of t)ie 
sixty-fourth General Assembly of Indiana, and in 1907 Governor 
Hanlcy appointed hira a member of the board of trustees for the Indiana 
Epileptic Village at Newcastle, and his service in that capacity for fvour 
years until 1911 was his last important participatioji in large publie 
affairs. For a number of years Mr. Nichol was cliairman of the Repub- 
lican Central Committee of I\Iadison county. His name has been asso- 
ciated with nearly every enterprise having for its object the promotion 
of Anderson's interest, and the development of the county. He was 
chosen president of the Anderson Board of Trade at the time of its 
organization, and served as long as the body was in existence. Though 
a man of liberal views in ail matters, Mr. Nichol has long been a con- 
sistent member of the First Presbyterian Church of Anderson. He was 
a charter member of ]\Ia jor May Post of the Grand Army of the Republic 
at Anderson, and up to 18S8 served as its quartermaster. 

On December 4, 1855, in Anderson, l\[r. Nichol married Harriet 
Robinson, who was born in Ripley county, Indiana, in 1835, a daughier 
of Josephus and Matilda Robinson, and a sister of the late Col. 31. S. 
Robinson. Her father was born in Tennessee, educated himself in the 
law, and was a lav>-yer at Versailles and later at Greensburg, in Decatur 
county, Indiana. The two children born to 3Ir. and ]Mrs. Nichol "were 
Thomas J., born September 15, 1856, and George E., born October 4, 
1861. Thomas J. is now president of the Nichol Hardware Company, 
while George E. is vice president of the Citizens Bank of Anderson. 
Both sons are married and established in homes of their own at Ander- 
son. The mother of these sons died May 25, 1896. On September 27, 
1899, Mr. Nichol married ^Mrs. Mary Eglin, widow of Captain John F. 
Eglin. formerly of the Forty-seventh Indiana Regiment. Hei death 
occurred September 24, 1907. 

Charles J. Rozelle. Eminent in Anderson business affairs, and 

also in the political life of the city, Mr. Rozelle has for a number of years 

successfully followed the contracting and building trade, and his prae- 

^tical endeavors have their results in many of the permanent structures 

to be seen in this city and vicinity. 

Charles J. Rozelle was born in the city of Anderson, November 13, 
1873, and belongs to one of the old families of Indiana. The Rozelles 
are of French descent, the first ancestors having come from France and 
settled at an early date in the colony of Virginia. The paternal gran.d- 
father was William Rozelle, who was born in Virginia, moved from the 
Old Dominion at an early day, and was a settler of Indiana at a time 
not far removed from the beginning of pioneer development in this 
state. The maternal grandfather was John Tilford, who was also 
a native of Virginia. The parents of Mr. Rozelle were ^Sliles 31. 
Rozelle and Elvira T. (Tilford) Rozelle, the father having been born 
was also a native of Virginia. The parents of ]Mr. Rozelle were 3Iiles 
in Rush county, Indiana, in 1838, and the mother a native of Pennsyl- 
vania, from which state she came to Indiana during her early girlhood. 
The father in young manhood took up the trade of tanner, and as a tan- 
ner and manufacturer of leather he was well kno^\T. and followed the 
business for a number of years. In 1893 lie retired frora the business, 
which he had conducted at Anderson for manv vears. His wife died 
in 1907. 

Charles J. Rozelle grew up in Anderson and while a boy attended the 
grammar and high schools of the city. "When he left school it was to 



HISTORY OF Mx\DlSON COUNTY 463 

enter his father's tannery, where he assisted in the work for a time, but 
did not chose to follow that as a regular vocation, and soon engaged in 
the mercantile business. He continued that work until he sold out. 
From merchant he became carpenter and builder, and having special 
skill in his trade and good -business ability, he has since enjoyed much 
prosperity and has been employed in fulfilling many contracts for 
residences, school houses, churches and business houses in Anderson 
and elsewhere. 

In 1900 ]\lr. Rozelle married Miss Zimraer, a daughter of Michael 
Zimmer, an old resident of Madison county. She died in 1903, and was 
the mother of the following named children: Charles B. and Helen E. 
Fraternally Mr. Rozelle is well kno'svn in ^Masonic circles, being a mem- 
ber of Fellowship Lodge, No. 681, A. F. & A. M. ; Anderson Chapter, 
No. 52, R. A. M. ; Anderson Commandery, No. 69, K. T., and Murat 
Temple of the Mystic Shrine, and has also taken thirty-two degrees in 
the Scottish Rite. In politics a Republican, he served three years as a 
member of the city council, and was also chosen and acted as a member 
of the board of public works, from which he resigned at the end of one 
year. 

Herbert D. AVebb. Among the energetic and successful citizens of 
Anderson, Indiana, none is better known that Herbert D. Webb, secre- 
tary and ti-easurer of one of the important manufacturing plants of this 
city. Mr. AVebb has always taken an activi part in any movement which 
had as its aim the advancement of Anderson or of this section of the 
state, and he has played a prominent part in the commercial history of 
the city. Mr. AYebb has been a hard worker throughout his life and his 
success is not the result of good fortune but of industry and a natural 
business ability, heightened by years of experience. 

Herbert D. AVebb was born in the city of Minneapolis, ]Minnesota, on 
the 4th of June, 1860. He is the son of J. Russell AVebb and Harriet C. 
(Camp) AVebb. His father was a native of New York and his mother 
was born in A^ermont. J. Russell AVebb was a well known man, 
having the peculiar honor of originating the "AVord IMethod of Teach- 
ing." He was a teacher for a number of years, as well as the author of 
R number of text books, which were used in the schools of the United 
States in the early days. He vras a well known educator and his methods 
were very generally approved by the educators of the country. He died 
in September, 1888. 

Herbert D. AVebb received . his education in the state of • Michigan, 
attending the schools of Jackson and Benton Harbor, and being a grad- 
uate of the high school in the latter place. After leaving school he first 
went to work on a farm, this place being not far from Benton Harbor, 
Michigan. After spending some time in this occupation he next came 
to Anderson, Indiana, where he found employment in some of the fac- 
tories, working in various ones at different times. This tv-as in 1889, 
and he worked his way steadily upward, gaining knowledge and experi- 
ence. In 1900 he went into the plumbing and heating business in Ander- 
son and continued in thi.s business until 1908. when he originated and 
e.stablished the present business. 

He is at present secretary and treasurer of the AVebb, Baxter Com- 
pany, manufacturers of vacuum cleaning machinery and machine knives. 
The company was incorporated in 1908 and Noah Baxter was made 
president. The plant is forty by one hundred and forty feet in size and 



464 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

fifteen people are employed in manufacturing its products, wliicii are 
shipped to the different parts of the United States, bv order. 

Mr. Webb is a member of the Knights of Pythias and of the Inde- 
pendent Order of Odd Fellows. He has an attractive home at 60G 
Hendricks street. Mr. Webb was married in lb90 to Miss Louise Sher- 
wood, a daughter of Isaac Sherwood and Ceiia (xVdaras) Sherwood. 



Ira Williams. Now retired from business and looking after his real 




by furnishing exceptional value and service in return'^for his custo'mer's 
money, built up a local business which was highly profitable and from 
which he was able to retire a few years ago, and"^ spend his later vears 
in comfort. To his wife he also credits a large share of the success gained 
in his business. 

.Ira AYilliams, who belongs to an old and honored family of :\Iadison 
county, was born on a farm in Richland to^\nship, December 12. 1S55. 
Plis father was Morgan T. Williams, who was boni in Surrey county, 
North Carolina, and the grandfather was Jesse Williams. who''so far as 
known was a life long resident of North Carolir.a. Grandfather Williams 
owned and occupied a farin about three miles from Long Gap in Surrey 
county, and that was his home v/hen death came to him. He reared 14 
children. Morgan T. W^illiams was reared and educated in his native 
state, and when a young man came to Indiana, and here met and mai-ried 
Marindah I\raynard. After their marriage the\ loeared on the farm 
belonging to her father, and continued as substantial farming people 
until the death of Morgan T. Williams on June 27. 1863, at the age of 
twenty years. 

The maternal ancestors of ^h\ Ys'lUiams introduces some of the oldest 
families of Madison county. His mother was born in Richland township 
of Madisoti county, aboTt April 19. 1839. Her father Wc;s Jnmes May- 
nard, and it is supposed that Kentucky was his birthjdace. H-n- great- 
grandfather, William ^Maynard was a shoemaker by trade, and probably 
Spent all his life in North Carolina. Moses Maynard, the grandfatlieV 
of ]\[rs. ^ilorgan T. Williams, was born near Hiflsboro, North Carolina. 
September 23, 1763. was reared and married in tiiat state, and from 
there vv-ent to Kentucky, living near the Big Sandy River for some years. 
From there he came into Indiana, and was one of the very first settlers 
of Madison county. On Killbuck Creek, he took up a homestead direct 
from the government, built a log cabin in the wilderness, and continued 
to live and perform his share of hard work and good citizenship in this 
county until his death. ^Moses ]^Iaynard died at the home of his son 
Barnabas in ^lonroe township, June 15, 1874. at the remarkable age of 
one hundrecl and eleven years. He was the oldest man in the county and 
probably in 'the state. It is indeed doubtful if any xVmerican has a sim- 
ilar record. He cast a vote for George Washington for president, and 
voted at every presidential election in the long line of quadriennial 
elections from the first down to and including that of 1872. when Grant 
was elected for the second term. Moses ^J^Iaj-nard married Sarah Green- 
street, and they reared eleven children. 

James ]\raynr,rd. the maternal grandfather of Ira Williams, was 
reared and married in Kentucky and came to Indiana, accompanied by 
his wife and children, about 1832. Their journey was tiiade across 



HISTORY OF .AIADISOX COUNTY 465 

country with wagons and teams, and buying a tract of land in Kichland 
township, eight luiles from the courthouse in Anderson, James iMaynard 
built a log house, and at once took up the task of clearing a place for his 
crops among the trees. For twenty years after his settlement there were 
no railroads in the county, and he and other settlers drew most of their 
wheat and other products over the road north to AVabash on the canal. 
Before his deatli, which occurred June 11, 1861, he had cleared up a 
great part of his land, and had made a substantial homestead. James 
Maynard married Sarah Fuller, who was born in Kentucky in 1813_^ 
Her father, John Henry Fuller, came either from Kentucky or Virginia? 
and was one of the very early settlers of Richland township in IMadisou 
county, where he also did the part of the pioneer, cleared up a farm and 
spent his last days there. Mrs. James IMaynard died January 12, 1870. 
The children reared in her familj- were : John Heniy, Patsy, Ricliard, 
Vicey, Charity, Marindah, Isaiah and Jacob. Mrs. ^lorgan T. Williams 
was left a widovr with tv\"o children, and afterwards married and nov/ 
lives at an advanced age in ^Monroe township. The sister of Ira Williams 
wa.^ named Sarah. 

Ira Williams vras about seven 3-ears old wlien his father died. After 
that he found a home with his uncle, Jacob IMaynard, on the ^laynard 
homestead, and while gro^ving to iiumhood there attended the neighbor- 
hood schools. He was very young when he took his share in the labor 
of the farm, and lived at home until his marriage. He then built a house 
on the ]\Iaynard liomestead and lived there two years. After that he 
was on the Fenimoie farm for four years. On twenty-five acres of land 
which he bought near Oilman lie spent five years, and the two last years 
aU his crops failed, and that was the r(?ason he abandoned farming, and 
sought a livelihood in Anderson. "Mr. Williams is one of the men who 
have particular reason to remem.ber the development of urban trans- 
portation, in Anderson. When he first moved to the county seat he was 
employed as a driver for the old-time horse cars that ran up and down 
iMain street, and which are pictured on other, pages of this histoi-y. 
When electricity was substituted as'a power instead of horses, he v/as one 
of the first to handle a motor, and performed that work for two years. 
On account of ill health he resigned, and after one year opened a con- 
fectionery store. That was the foundation or beginning of what proved 
a very successful career. He had a very modest establishment at first, 
but with the assistance of his wife he soon afterwards added a restau- 
rant, and because they furnished v/holesome food and good service they 
were rewarded with a constantly growing patronage, and in time devel- 
oped their enterprise to a grocery store, which continued to thrive until 
1904, when Mr. Williams sold out and since then has taken life more 
easily. In the meantime he had accumulated a considerable amount of 
local real estate, and has given his care and attention to this since leaving 
the grocery business. He is now owner of nine different pieces of real 
estate in the city of Anderson. 

On August 7, 1878, Mv. Williams married ]\Iar}^ L. Etchison, who 
was born iti Pipe Creek township of ^Jadison county. Her father, Joshua 
Etchison, was born in North Caroli)ia. was reared in that state and mar- 
ried there, and brought his wife and two children to Indiana. Their 
journey was made overland, with wagons and teams, and the family 
first found a home in Pipe Creek township. Buying land there, he went 
through the hardships and the labors of the pioneer settlers, and con- 
tinued a farmer until his death, March 80, 1862, at the age of forty years. 



466 HISTORY OF ]\[ADISOX COUNTY 

Joshua Etcliisou iuarried*EIizabeth Casteel. Illinois is thought to have 
^eeii her birthplace and she was a daughter of Caleb aiid Rebecca Cas 
teel. a he mo her of Mrs. AVilliaras was a true pioneer lady, and ainout 
her acconiplish.nents she learned to card, spin and weave, and being left 
tZ'.tVI^ V''-t'' '^T^^'^""^' ''™"'=^ ^^"^^ ''''^^'^ tlie wheel and ioom^to 
tl ?^n^ ^ f • 'i^^'^: ^T ^ ''^'''^"" °^ y'-""''^ ^'^^^ did all her cooking by 
the old-iashioned fire place. Mrs. Williams now has as a souvenir of 
her mother s worK a oeautitul home-spun and woven bedspread, and 
h.s also a pair of half mitts, which her mother knitted. The flax from 
which they are made was grown, scutched and spun in the Etchison home 
in Madison coiuity. The mother of Mrs. Williams died at the a- "of 
seven .y-seven years. In the Vrilliams home is another memento of lime^ 
/'fr^'w''!^'- '''''^^^'^\'^ a silk hat in good condition, which the father 
of Mr. ^\ ilhams bought m 1855. Silk hats were much more commonlv 
\\oin m those years before the ^\ar than at any time since. 

Joiix E. Davis^ For many years one of the well known business men 
ot Anderson, I\Ir. Davis has spent nearly sixty vears of his Hfe tim^ in 
Maaison county, and has been very familiar- bv experience with the'de- 
velopment ot the country- east of Anderson from pion.er times to th- 
present. During the many years of his residence in the countv. he has 
prospered has enjoyed many of the good things of life, and^haswell 
provided for his family, and is still active and vigorous in business atfairs 
at the county seat. 

John E. Davis was born on a farm two and a half miles from Con- 
nei-sville m Fayette county, Indiana, December 24 1S49 and is a 
descendant of one of the very fir^t settlers of Favette r-ouMtv ' Hi= t.,.i,p~ 
was Thomas Jefferson Davis who was born in" South Carolina, r.Iar-^h 
A } a .r-ln ?^'^"d^"^i-'r was Paul Davis, born in North Carolina, 

Angus. 6, U69. and a son of John and Jane Davis. About the close 
o± tlie Revolutionary war, the Davis farailv moved from North Carolnia 
to the southern part of South Carolina,, and lived there until about IS^i 
or lbl3. They then came north, crossed the Ohio river, and lived near 
Harrison, Ohio, until 18]4. Their next move brought them to the terri- 
tory of Indiana, and they settled in the T^-ilderness a short di<.tHn.--e 
west of the present site of Connersville in Favette county Two v^ars 
.passed before Indiana was made a state, and "thev were practicallv no 
settlements north of the VHiite River. Fayette 'countv its.^lf was an 
almost unbroken wilderness, and I\Iadison countv had not vet been 
occupied by a single permanent white resident." Grandfather Paul 
Davis bought a tract of land, three miles west of ConnersviUe o-ave his 
labor to the clearing of a large portion of that place, and that' he vras a 
man of more than ordinary circumstances and enterprise is indicated by 
the fact that he erected a brick house, one of the first in that countv. He 
lived there until after his second marriage, and then moved to Henry 
county awhile, but returned and died in the home of his son in Favette 
county, m 1858. Paul Davis first married :^Iargaret Alexander wlio' was 
the mother of his children. She was born Januarv 31, 1767. and b'^- 
longed to the noted Alexander family of the CaroUnas, one of whom 
attached his sigT.ature to the Mecklenbur'.r declaration of independence 
some years before the declaration of 1776. Paul Davis and wife reared 
mne children, named: George, James, AYilburn, RoK-rt, John, Dulcina, 
Paul, Thomas J. and Jasper. 

Thomas Jefferson Davis, the father of John E. was about four vears 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 467 

old- when the family moved to Indiana, and he was reared amid the 
pioneer surroundings of Fayette county. That county continued to 
be his home until 1845, when he moved to ^ladison county and bought a 
tract of land in the timber, five miles west of the courthouse, a country 
now a smiling landscape of beautiful farjus, but at that time little more 
than a wilderness, although the railroad, known now as the Big Four,' 
already traversed that section of the county. In the midst of the woods 
he built a substantial house of hewed logs, and it wa's in that mansion 
that the DaWs family of the present generation had their first home. While 
he was in the midst of the heavy work of clearing the timber off his land, 
death came to him in 1855. Thomas Jefferson Davis married 31aria 
Ball, who was born in Fayette county, Indiana, a daughter of Doctor 
Bunnell and Eachael (Denman) Ball. Her grandfather, Aaron Ball, 
o\^-ued and operated a ferry across the Miami river in Ohio, and was 
drowned by operating his ferry over that stream. Doctor Bunnell Ball 
(the first name was not a title of profession) came to Indiana, and also 
was one of the pioneers of Fayette county. He bought government laud 
a few miles west of Connersville, and there gave his labor to the im- 
provement of a farm, and continued its management until his death. 
After the death of Thomas Jefferson Davis, his wife w^as left with nine 
children, most of whom were still under the roof-tree, and the sons took 
up the work left by their father, and under the able supervision of the 
mother cleared the land, and tilled the soil, until they had made a pro- 
ductive and well improved homestead. Some years later the mother 
moved to Anderson, where her death occurred at the venerable age of 
eighty years. She was the m.other of iiine cliildren who grew to maturity, 
namel}': William, Jasper N., Eliza, James H., Doctor Ball, Sarah, Eliza- 
beth, Rachel A., and John E. 

The early circumstances of the life of John Davis have thus been 
sketched in connection with the family, and he was about five years old 
when he became a resident of ■Madison county, and has a keen recollec- 
tion of the old log house and many of the surroundings in which he 
spent his boyhood. While growing up he attended the rural schools, and 
was still ver^v' young when he took his share of the labor in clearing up 
the land and tilling the soil. For several years he had the management 
of the home place. He subsequently moved to Anderson, and spent four 
years in business in the sale of agricultural implements. Then he joined 
forces \\'ith his brother Doctor B. Davis, and manufactured drain tile 
for three years. After that he returned to Anderson and followed his 
trade as a carpenter for some time. About 1899, Mr. Davis engaged in 
his present business as dealer in feed and coal at> his present stand, 1015 
Fifteenth Street. 

In 1874 Mr. Davis married Elizabeth Stephens. She was born in 
Wayne county, Indiana, a daughter of Thomas and Lovina Stephens. 
The five children born to Mr. and Mrs. Davis are mentioned as follows : 
Thomas, Quincy, Edna, Clarence C, and Bertha May. Thomas died at 
the age of six, and Quincy at the age of five. Edna married Ed. Bar- 
deene, and has one daughter, Marion. Clarence married Emma Kep- 
Hart, and their four daughters are named Jessie, IMary, Agnes, and 
Edna. The daughter Bertha first married Thomas Stanley, who died, 
Jfavincr one daughter named Helen. Mrs. Stanley is now the wife of 
Ed. Gerimmer. Fraternally ^Ir. Davis is affiliated with the Tribe of 
Ben Hur. 



468 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

BusHROD W. Scott. For many years the name Scott was faiuilifirly 
associated with the mercantile enterprise of the city of Andersoa. Mr. 
Scott first became a resident of Madison county, about the beginning of 
the Civil war. 1860, arriving here a comparatively poor young man, and 
from one en)ployment to another gradually advanced until he became 
an independent business man, and was in the list of successful mer- 
chants until he finally retired from business and is now spending his 
later years in the enjoyment of a well won prosperity. He belongs to a 
prominent old family of colonial ancestors, and for several generations 
identified with the old colony and eommonv.ealth of Virginia. 

Bushrod W. Scott was born in Monongahela county, in what was 
then Virginia, but is now West Virginia. The date of his birth was 
June 9, 1839. The family record during its residence in America goes 
back to his great-grandfather, Major David Scott, who was born in the 
land of hills and heather, immigrated to America during the colonial era, 
and settled in the colony of Virginia. He made the acquaintance of, and 
became a fast friend of George Washington, and when the Revolutionary 
war came on rose to the rank of major in the colordal troops. Later he 
secured a large tract of land in 'what was afcerwards Monongahelr. 
county, and operated his estate with slave labor. He continued a resi- 
dent there until his death. Next in line of descent was Col. James Scott, 
the grandfather, who was born in western Virginia, inherited a large 
landed estate and many slaves, and became a very prominent citizen 
of Monongahela county. He served with the rank of colonel during the 
\Var of 1812, and v/as honored with the office of sheriff of -\IonorLgahela 
county. Before his death he freed all his slaves. His life was prolonged 
to the great age of ninety-four years. On a part of his estate he set 
aside some land for a cemetery, and his remain.s now rest there in the 
vicinity of the old Scott homestead. There were ten ciiiidren in his 
family, among whom was Sanford B. Scott, father of Bushrod. San- 
ford B. Scott was born in ^Monongahela county, was reared on a farm, and 
inherited a portion of the land which "Major Scott had seeur..-d many 
years before. 

He continued to live there until several years after western Virginia 
had become the state of AVest Virginia, and in 1867 immigrated vv-est 
to Indiana, buying land in Henry cminty, which was his liunie until 1870 
when he sold out and bought a place in Lafayette townsliip of Madison 
county. He was engaged in general farming and stock raising there 
until his death at the age of sixty-seven years. Francis B. Scoti married 
Hannah Tibbs, a native of Virginia, and a daughter of John and Mary 
(MeCay) Tibbs, who was born and spent all their lives in the old Vir- 
ginia commonwealth. Mrs. Sanford B. Scott died at the age of 89, 
and reared nine children, named: James, Bushrod W., Louise. Mary, 
John, William, Virginia, Fannie, and Isabelle. 

In the old ^Monongahela River country, Bushrod W. Scott spent his 
boyhood days, and lived there until he was about twenty-one years of 
age. In 18G0 he left the old home and came west to Indiana. His first 
w°ork and experience in this state were as a clerk in a general store at 
Alexandria, in ^Madison county. In the spring of 1861 he returned to 
Virginia, but found the country in which he had spent his boyhood rent 
with the distractions of Civil war. and he accordingly returned to "Madi- 
son county, and was employed as a clerk for the firm of Crin_i &. Haziet 
at Anderson. That firm then had the largest store in the county seat. 
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St'ott continued vviili the new proprietor for one year. His experience 
and savings then enabled him to start in business on his own account, 
and he became a partner of E. C. Bliven, under the firm name of 
Srott & Bliven. These partners sold dry goods, and had a growing busi- 
ness. At the end of two years ]Mr. Siddall bought the interest of Bliven, 
;iiid the firm for three years was Scott & Siddall. jMr. Scott then sold 
out to his partner, and soon formed a partnership with his fatlier-in-law, 
William AV. Williams, making the firm of Seott & Williams. They con- 
ducted a genera] store, and it was one of the popular trading centers 
of the time. After several years ilr. Scott became sole proprietor, and 
idutinued in active business at Anderson for about ten years, at which 
time he retired. In the meantime he had bought a farm, and still owns 
tliat place, operating it through renters. Soon after his marriage he 
Iijid bought the property at the northwest corner of ^Meridian and Twelfth 
Streets, and that is still in his possession. He occupied it as a place of 
n-sidenee until 1904, when he bought his present home at the northwest 
rorner of Central Avenue, and Fourteenth Street. On June 25, IS68, 
Mr. Scott mai'ried ]\Ia;ui.la Williams. She was born at Ogden in Henry 
I'ounty. Indiana. IIqv father AVilliam W. Williams, was born near Blount 
Victory in Hardin county, Ohio, a son of John Williams, who was a 
farnier near ]\Iou)it Victory. The father of ^Irs. Scott came to Indiana 
when a young man, and for several years operated a tannery at Knights- 
town in Henry county. Later he was a merchant at Ogden in the same 
county, afterwards moved to Kiehmond, Indiana, and a year later in 
August, 1865. established himself at Anderson, which was then a quiet 
rural village of about five thousand people. He is still remembered as 
•"•UP of the old merchants of Anderson, and was in business v.'ith his son 
Henry C. for some years, and afterwards with ^[r. Scott. ]\Ir. Williams 
lived in Anderson until his death at the age of seventy-five. He married 
Martha Raines, v.ho vras bom in Ohio, a daughter of Joab Raines, who 
came fr-^m Ohio to Indiana, lived in AYayne county, and then in Henry 
'•ounty bu>Tng a farm near Knightstown, where he spent the rest of his 
n^'tive life. His death occurred at the home of his daughter in Ogden. 
The mother of Mrs. Scott died at the age of sixty-two years, and reared 
five children, named : Henry, Lucien, ^Maanda, Adeline, and Edgar. 
Tile daughter named Caroline died in childhood. 

To Mr. and ]Mrs. Scott have been born four children: Charles, Lena, 
Marshall, and Robert. Lena married Leonard AA'ild, and has one son 
natned Robert. Marshall married Nora Ellison, and their one son is 
named George. These are the only two gi-andchildren of Mr. and Airs. 
Scott. The family worship in the Methodist church. 

Joseph H. Elliott. A business man of Anderson, where he has 
had his residence since 1904, Air. Elliott has had a career of varied ac- 
tivity, has gained a satisfying degree of material prosperity, and stands 
^i?h in the public esteem of local citizenship in his adopted city. 

Joseph H. Elliott was born in Adams county, Ohio. His father was 
James Elliott, who was born in the same county, and the grandfather 
'vas William Elliott, a native of North Carolina. Great-grandfather 
KlHott, so far as known, vras also born in North Carolina, and from that 
'-fate took his family to Ohio, becoming a pioneer in Adams county. He 
^""•ni^ht and improved a tract of land there, and on it passed his last 
•lays. Grandfather Elliott early in life learned the trade of carriage 
''uilder. From Adams county he moved to Ross county, where he estab- 



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lished himself iu business at Bainbridge, and manufactured and re- 
paired wagons and carriages. TJuit was his home until his death. He 
married Mary AVest, who was born iu Loudoun county, Virginia, and 
both she and her husband lived to a good old age and reared eleven 
children. 

James Elliott, the father of the Anderson business man, spent his 
early life in Adams and Ross counties of Ohio. Under his father's direc- 
tion he learned the same mechanical trade, and was in busiiiess at Bain- 
bridge, until 1S73. In that year he moved to Gibson City, Illinois, where 
he continued in the same line for several years. In 190S he took up his 
residence at Anderson, which continued to be his home until his death 
on November 9, 1911, at the age of eighty years. He married Sarah 
Palmer. She was bom in Loudoun county, Virginia, June 1, 1829. Her 
father Cornelius Palmer was a life long resident of Virginia. Benja- 
min Palmer, father of Cornelius Palmer, married Mary Berry, who sur- 
vived her husband, and went 1o Ohio to live with her so;i, dying in the 
home of Cornelius Palmer. Cornelius Palmer was reared and married 
in Virginia, and in 1833 went to Ohio, accompanied by his family. With 
a wagon and six horses this long journey was accomplislied over the 
mountains and across the Ohio Valley, and in the wagon were the house- 
hold goods and other possessiojis, and each night tlie family camped out 
by the roadside. For one year the Palmers lived on the banks of the 
Scioto River, and then Cornelius Palmer bought land in Adams county. 
On the land was a log house, and a few acres were cleaved, and he set 
himself to the task of making a homestead. All his labor went for noth- 
ing on account of a defective title, and after that misfortune, he moved 
to Highland couuty, Ohio, which was his home until 1864. From Ohio, 
he moved out to Ford county, Illinois, v.here he had four hundred <:..ofes. 
TVhen he first settled there that section of Illinois was sparsely populated, 
and onh' a little portion of his land had been improved. His labors he 
gave to the development of that place and after some years mO' ed to 
East Lynn, in Vermillion comity, which was his home until his death 
at the age of eighty-six years. Cornelius Palmer married Harriet 
-Reavers. She was born in Loudoun county, Virginia, a daughter of Sam- 
uel and Sarah Beavers. Samuel Beavers was a native of Maryland, 
moving from that state to Virginia, and he and his Tvife both died in 
Loudoun county. The wife of Cornelius Palmer died in her ninetieth 
year, and her denth was the result of an accident. Mrs. Sarah Elliott, 
the mother of Joseph H. Elliott, is now eighty-four years of age, a hale 
and hearty woman, and presides over the household of her son. 

Joseph H. Elliott was an only child, was educated in the schools of 
Greenfield, Ohio, and after the family went to Gibson, Illinois, assisted 
his father in the shop and also clerked in local stores. It was in that 
way that he got his first lessons in business life. From Gibson Cit}- he 
moved to Rockford, Illinois, and became superintendent of a fence fac- 
tory, and a sewing machine company agent and remained there for four 
and a half years. In 1893 ]Mr. Elliott came to Indiana, and was a com- 
mercial salesman in this state for a number of years. In 1904 he took 
up his permanent residence at Anderson, and since that time has con- 
ducted a provision and grocery business. 

In 1878 Mr. Elliott married ]\rary A. McCracken. She was born near 
Lexington, iu McLean county, Illinois, a daughter of Milton McCracken. 
Uitrs. Elliott died in 1908, and she and her husband reared two sons, Harry 
and James C. Harry, who is associated with his faiher in business mar- 






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ried Flossie Reed, and has one daughter, Maxine. James C. married 
Florence Brocknieyer, and has one son, Gerald. Mr. Elliott and also 
bis ^^■ife during her lifetime had membership in the ilethodist church, 
and his parents were likewise active in that denomination. Fraternally 
lie is affiliated with the ilodern Woodmen of America. 

Clin'ton M. Cottermax. A resident of Anderson who for some years 
has made a substantial business of furnishing the people of this locality 
with the product of a market garden is Clinton ^r. Cotterman, who has 
his gardens well within the city limits, and who has also served the com- 
niunity in official capacity, and has long taken an active interest in 
politics. 

Clinton i\[. Cotterman was born on a farm three miles west of Day- 
ton in ^Montgomery county, Ohio, September 1, 1849. His father was 
William Cotterman, born in Pennsylvania, and the grandparents moved 
from Pennsylvania to Ohio, and became early settlers of ^Montgomery 
county. William Cotterman in early youth learned the trade of cigar- 
maker, which he followed all his active career. WheE the war broke 
out between the states, he enlisted as an Ohio volunteer, and gave effi- 
cient and loyal service to the Union. His last years were spent at the 
soldiers home near Dayton. William Cotterman married Amanda 
J. McPherson. FTer father was a millwright by trade, and died at the 
age of thirty-seven. His widow managed to keep her eliildreu together 
until each had a home of his own. The mother of 'Mv. Cotterman died at 
the age of forty years and left seven children named : Clinton ?.!., 
Adam F., James B., William, Albertus, Clara B., and Catherine. 

Clinton M. Cotterman was reared and educated in his native county. 
As a boy he worked under his father to learn the cigarumker's trade 
and afterwards acquired the trade of broom malcin^. When he had 
grown to manhood he chose the occupation of farming instead of his 
^rade, and his first purchase of land was forty acres in ^Montgomery 
county on the line of Preble county. In 1893 he sold out his place in 
Ohio and moved to IMadisou county. He soon afterwards bought some 
land in Union township, farming there for one year^ after which he 
operated as a renter for five years and then came to Anderson. He has 
a pleasant home at the corner of Eighth atid Union Streets, and a tract 
of four acres near by where he is engaged in truck farming. 

Mr. Cotterman has been twice married. At the age of twenty-four he 
married Sarah ]M. Tlouse, who was born in ^Eontgomery county, Ohio, a 
daughter of Andrew and ^lary (Reichard) House. ]MrSv. Cotterman died 
at the age of thirty-five. For the second marriage 'Mr, Cotterman mar- 
ried Rachel Ellen Loy, who was born in Preble county, Ohio, a daughter 
of Conrad Loy. ]Mr. Cotterman has one son by his first marriage, named 
George. Since casting his first presidential vote for General Grant, 
Mr. Cotterman has always consistently supported the Espublican ticket, 
has been active in the campaign, and has served in the ^office of township 
assessor. 

Enoch E. Byrum. A distinguished and influentml member of the 
clergy of the Church of God, author of high-grade and valuable works 
and president of the Gospel Trumpet Company, virlicsG printing and 
publishing plant, located near the city of Anderson, is one of the finest 
in the state of Indiana, IMr. Byrum is numbered antong the prominent 
and honored citizens of Madison county, has been a power for good in 



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the various relatioiis of life, is a man of high attainments and exalted ^ 
character and is eminently entitled to representation in this publication. < 

Enoch E. Byiaini is a native son of Indiana and is a son of one of | 
the old and honored families of this commonwealth. He was born in I 
Randolph county, on the 13th of October, 1S61, and is a son of Eli and f 
Lucinda (Fields) Byrum, the former a native of North Carolina and the 1 
latter of Tennessee. The father devoted the major part of his active ' 
career to the great basic industry of agriculture and both he and his \ 
wife passed the closing period of their lives in Raiidolph count v, \ 
Indiana. They were folk of devout Christian faith and their liv".4 \ 
signalized their practical observance of the faith which they thus pro- • 
fessed and by which they guided and governed themselves, s'o that they 1 
ever held secure place in the confidence and high regard of all who 1 
knew them. | 

lie whose name initiates this review gained his early education in the ' 
public schools of his native county. Thereafter he entered the Northern ' 
Indiana Normal School, at Valparaiso, and' in this institution, now \ 
kno^vii as Valparaiso University, he was graduated as a member of tlie ] 
class of 18SG, after the completion of thorough courses in elocution and ■ 

oratory. _ Thereafter he attended in 18S7,^ Ctterbein University. ' at \ 
TVesterville, Ohio, in which admirable institution he specialized in\Snn- ; 

day-school work and in philosophical and divinity studies. Setting to ; 

himself high purpose and determining to devote himself to the aiding i 

and uplifting of his fellow men. he earnestly and efieetiveiy prepared | 

himself for the ministry, and in 1892 he was ordained as a clergvman 
of_ the Church of God. "At. Byrum has done most conseeratecf and 
faithful services as a worker in the vineyard of the Divine Master and 
has become one of the m^st inSuential factors hi the affairs of the church 
of which he is a representfitive. Since 1SS9 he has been editor or ihe 
''Gospel^ Trumpet,'' published by the Gospel Trumpet Company, and this 
is one of the leading peiiodicals of the religious denomination with whii.-h 
he has been long and ^-rominently identified. In lOO-t Mr. Byrum made 
a tour ofthe world for the purpose of examining the ancient manuscripts 
of the Bible and otherwise expanding his wide k.nowledge of Christian 
literature and activities, and investigating the outlook of Foreign Mis- 
sionary work and establishing missions in the foreign fields. In 1909-10 
he made a most zealous and effective missionar}- tour through the southern 
states, Central and South America and the West Indies. Mr. Byrum 
has written voluminously on subjects pertaining to religion and human 
responsibilities and ideals. Among the most prominent of his published 
works are those bearing the following named titles: "The Bov's Com- 
panion," "Divine Healing of Soul and Bodv," -'The Secret of Salva- 
tion," "The Prayer of Faith," "The Great Physician." "Behind the 
Prison Bars," "Travels and Experiences in Other Lands." and "Tlie 
Secret of Prayer." Each of these volumes has been issued from the 
presses of the Gospel Trumpet Company, of> which he is president. 

In the year 1880 the publication of the "Gospel Trumpet" was insti- 
tuted at Indianapolis, and moved in 1906 to Anderson. Indiana, wh-i-re 
the plant was located on the corner of Ninth and ]\rain streets. There 
the business was most successfully conducted until 1910, when the com- 
pany purchased fifty-seven acres of land ju>t outside the corporate 
limits of Andereon, adjoining the eastern part of the city, one mile 
from the court house, where they have erected large buildings of concrete 
construction, modern in every respect, for the accommodation of the 



HISTOKY OF MADISON COUNTY 473 

extensive publishing business of which ^Iv. Byruni is the executive head, 
and in the upbuilding of which he has been the dominating force. On 
the same grounds have been erected by the company an excellent build- 
ing for the accommodation and residence of employes and also an admir- 
able home for old folk who are afiiiiated with the Church of God. The 
equipment of the printing and publishing plant is of the most 
modern and approved order, including the best cylinder and job presses 
and three linotype machines, so that the establishment is one of the 
best of the order in the entire Union. ]Mr. Byrum is president of the 
.companj' as has been stated previously, and the other members of the 
official board are as here designated: A. L. Byers, vice-president, and 
X. H. Bynim, secretary-treasurer. 

In 1SS9 Mr. Byrum vv'as married to Rhoda B. Keagy. She bore 
him six children, named as follows: Ethel E., now ^Irs. Kimble of 
Anderson, Indiana; Birdie Ruth, E. Arlo, Mabel Grace, Bernice Mariva, 
and Nilah Virginia. The v/ife and mother died on September 14, 1907, 
and on October 1. 190S, Mr. Byrnui married ]vliss Lncena C. Beardslce, 
of Seattle, "Washingion. 

Mr. Byrum is a man of broad culture, but has naught of intellectual 
bigotry or intolerance in his makeup. As a citizen he is essentially pro- 
gressive and public-spirited and his genial personality has gaine<l t-o 
him the high regard of those with v.'hom he has come in contact in the 
varied relations of life. In his political activities, he votes for the prin- 
ciple and the man heliind it. not being one to make a fetich of adherence 
to any especial political party. 

George AY. Pettigrevv. From an inheritance of five and a half acres 
of land. George AY. Pettigrew has increased his holdings in ^^radisoii 
county in recent years until today he has a goodly acreage of two hundred 
and sixty-two and a half acres of the finest land to be found in this section 
of the state, all of which is under cultivation and which yields its owner 
an excellent inr-ome. ]\Ir. Pettigrew has been a resident of this towjiship 
all his life, and was born here on January 8, 1858, the son of Samuel J. 
and ^lary J. (Tingley) Pettigrew. 

Samuel J. Pettigrew was born in Rockbridge county, Virginia, Feb- 
ruary 15, 1827, and his wife M'as a native of the state of Ohio, born 
in Greene county, in 1832. Both are now deceased. The father came to 
Greene county, Ohio, in his young manhood, and there met aiid married 
Mary Tingley, after which they came to ■J'Jadisou county, Indiana. From 
1852 until 1862 they lived in this county, then returned to Ohio and 
settled in Greene county. The year 1870 saw their return to these parts, 
\vhere they passed the remaining years of their lives. The father died 
August id, 1874, but the mother survived until March 15, 1803. They 
became the parents of ten children, of which number eight are yet li-ving. 
Those who survive are named as follows: Ylary E., the -widow of Jacob 
Newfarmer; William H., of Whitely county, Indiana; David M.. of 
ifissouri; James J., of Hancock county, Indiana; Samuel A., of Ander- 
son, Indiana; Francis AI., in the regular army of the Philippines, with 
the rank of lieutenant: Charles E.. of Madison county. Indiana: George 
^ .. of this review. 

George TY. Pettigrew was reared in Green township, and all s;ive 
eight years of his life have been passed here. He was trained in the 
common schools of the community and until he reached his legal majority 
remained on the home place. He then took up farming on his ov.-n re- 



474 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

sponsibility, and his life since then has been devoted to that industry 
As was mentioned m another paragraph, he inherited five and a haF 
acres of land, but he was not content with an acreage of that size and 
today a fine farm of two hundred and sixty acres yields generously to 
his skill in husbandry. General fanning and stock raising constitute his 
business, and as a breeder of Shorthorn cattle, part of which are regis- 
tered stock, he is well known tliroughout the count v. as the result of liis 
twelve years of activity in that line. He feeds and ships more than a 
carload of cattle yearly, while his thoroughbred stock finds market ir 
Indianapolis. Mr. Pettigrew in 1907 erected one of the finest eountry 
homes m the county. It is a commodious place of thirteen rooms, witl' 
ample basement, and is built on modern lines, calculated to produce a 
comfortable and homelike place. AVhen completed, the home cost him 
something like $5300. The place is equipped ^nth a hot water heatin?- 
plant and is furnished throughout in quartered oak and black walnur^ 

On November 20, 1S79, .^Ir. Pettigrew married 3,Iiss Lavina Whelchel" 
wdio was born in Fall Creek town.ship, Hamilton county, Indiana, oi- 
September 20, 1862, and is a daughter of Abraham and Eliza Alleu^ 
the fornier born in Hamilton county, Indiana, on :May 28, 1836, and the 
latter in the same county, on August 31, 1835. She died on August 4, 
1907, but the father is still living, and makes his home in Hamilton 
county, where they passed their lives. They became the parents of eight 
children, as follows : Alva, who has a family of five children , Fairv B. 
the wife of Frank Bixler; Koy; Delia, the wife of Jesse Partaiii ; Wayne i 
Lulu; Grover C; Irene. 

The fajuily are members of the German Baptist church and hold 
their membership at Beach Grove, Mr. Pettigrew being one of the direc- 
tors of the church, and a leading member. He is a Progressive Democrat, 
and one of the best kno^^Ti men in his community, where he is esteemed 
and respected for the many excellent traits that characterize him. 

Gaeland Hancock. As superintendent of the north Anderson 
Schools, Mr. Hancock is a young educator who has proven his value an-I 
ability, and is now performing a very capable service in one of the 
largest schools in the county. 

Garland Hancock was born in 1887 in Richland township, Madison 
-county, and belongs to one of the old families of this section of the state. 
His parents were James and Jennie (Brouneberg) Hancock, and the 
father was for a number of years engaged in the livery business at Ver- 
sailles in Ripley county, and previous to that time was a farmer. The 
four children in the family were Garland, Fern, Flora and Ernest. 

The early years of Garland Hancock's life were spent on a farm, for 
the most part, and he was educated in the common schools of Lin- 
wood, and Chesterfield, and in the high school of Anderson, from which 
he was graduated. He later attended the University of Indiana, and 
after he came home in 1909, he took up the vocation for which he had 
prepared himself. He has been engaged in educational work for some 
years, has held various positions and as principal of the north Andersoii 
school he ranks as one of the leading educators of ^ladison county. His 
two sisters, Fern and Flora, are also engaged in teaching in Madison 
county. 

^Ir. Hancock married ]\Iiss Cora Groundyke, daughter of Thomas 
Groundyke, of whom a sketch appears elsewhere in this work. To Mr. 
and Mrs. Hancock has been born one child — Donald. The family occupy 
and enjoy a comfortable residence in the vicinity of Linwood, and ar.^ 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY . 475 

the recipients of the kindly regard and sincere esteem of all who share 
iu their acquaintance. Mr. Hancock is affiliated with the Independent 
Order of Odd Fellows, in a fraternal way, and though not a member of 
any especial church, he is generously inclined toward ail. In addition 
to his teaching work, Mr. Hancock finds time to give to the cultivation of 
bl farm- of 140 acres and which yields a bountiful crop, as well as afford- 
ing him a genuine pleasure, derived from its cultivation. 

Samuel Douglas Montgomery. Among the officials of Madison 
county who are rendering the community signal ser\ic€ in the discharge 
of their duties, none have attained a greater degree of popularity -than 
that which has come to Samuel Douglas Montgomery, who has served 
efticieutly since January 1, 1911, in the office of county assessor. A resi- 
dent of this county since early boyhood, he was for years identified with 
i the agricultural and stock raising interests of this section, and the suc- 
cess with which he met in his own affairs made his fellow citizens confi- 
dent that he would have no trouble in successfully handling the affairs 
of the county in the office which they tendered to him. That this confi- 
dence was not misplaced is at once evident when Mr. ^Montgomery's 
record in office is seen. He is a native of Butler county, Ohio, and was 
born April 18, 1859, a son of Samuel and INIary (Thurston) Montgomery^ 
both American born. 

Mr. Montgomery's grandparents were natives of England, and shortly 
after their marriage in that country emigrated to the United States and 
became early settlers of Butler county, Ohio, where the grandfather pur- 
chased a tract of land and spent the best years of his life thereon. He 
was a man of iutegrity, industiy and enterprise, strong in his convic- 
tions of right and wrong, and public spirited in matters pertaining to 
his community. He gained and held the esteem and regard of his 
fellow citizens through a long life of honorable dealing, and his influence 
was sought in all matters of public importance. 

In 1865 Samuel ^lontgomery cam^e to Madison county, Indiana, 
purchasing a farm in Lafayette township, but later in life he moved to 
southern Kansas, where he spent several years. He returned to Alex- 
ander, ^Madison county, in 1892. and there spent the remaining years 
of his life, his death coming on February 27, 1899. Mrs. Montgomery 
bad died many years before, when still in comparatively young woman- 
hood. 

Samuel Douglas Montgomery attended one term in a primitive log 
school house in Butler county, Ohio, the rest of the years being passed in 
assisting his father in the work of the homestead. He also attended the 
school in Lafayette township at indefinite periods, and he remained under 
the parental roof until he was about twenty years of age, at which time 
he married Miss Mary C. Thomas, of Lafayette township, Madison 
county, the daughter of Edwin Thomas, an elderly settler and a pros- 
perous citizen of that township. After their marriage IVIr. and Mrs. 
Montgomery settled on a farm in Lafayette township, and he has since 
been engaged in diversified farming. He subsequently moved to a farm 
in ^lonroe township, where he lived for some years. He was successful 
ill his farming operations, and he gave a great deal of attention to the 
breeding of Short Horn Cattle. He was also a contractor in general road 
I'uilding and engaged in the draining of farms and roads, each of his 
ventures proving uniformly satisfactory in its results. 

Mr. ^lontgomery has always been a stalwart Democrat, and while 
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476 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

tlie County Council. In 1910 he became the candidate of his party for 
the office of county assessor, and when he was elected to the office for a 
four year term, moved with his family to Anderson, where he purchased 
a modern residence at No. 1618 Fletcher street. He placed his farm h, 
the hands of his son, Samuel Ward Montgomery, who is sucGe?.sfully 
carrying on its activities in a manner worthy of his father. This tract 
consists of ninety-seven and o]ie-half acres, and is in a high state of culti- 
vation, testifying to Mr. jMontgomery's ability as a farmer. His emi- 
nently acceptable method of handling the affairs of the assessor's office 
has not ojily won for him the confidence and approbation of his fellow 
citizens, but has gained him many friends among all classes. 

On March 2, 1879, Mr. Montgomery was united in marriage with :\Iiss 
Mary C. Thomas, and to tins union there have been bom rive children, 
as follows: Edward, who is engaged in farming in Madison county; 
Nellie, who became the wife of Charles D. Way mire, also an agriculturist 
of this section; Samuel AVard, who is carrying on operations on the 
homestead; Josephine, who married Hugh E. Kobinson, a prosperous 
farmer of Monroe tovv'uship, and Harvey I.., also a farmer. 

Dr. Lot Edward Aluxandek has practiced medicine and has per- 
formed the varied responsibilities and duties of good citizenship at 
Pendleton, since 1879, and is one of the best known citizens of Madison 
county. His name is spoken v/ith respect on the north and east sides 
of the county, but it is with his home community of Pendleton that he 
has been most closely identified. 

Dr. Alexander is descended from old American stock, originally of 
Scotch ancestry on both father's and mother's side. The family Vv^as 
founded in America by Hugh Alexander, who emigrated from Scotland 
in 1736 and settled in Chester county, Pennsylvania. Farming wss his 
occupation and that he was a man of more than ordinary standing and 
influence in his community is evidenced by the fact that he was chosen 
a delegate from Cumberland county, to which he subsequently renioved 
to the conference of deputies called in Carpenter Hall aL Philadelphia on 
July 15, 1776. It was at that meeting that the first free constitution 
of Pennsylvania was adopted. Hugh Alexander was married in 1854, 
to Martha Edmiston, who was also of Scotch descent. The great-grand- 
father Alexander, of Dr. Alexander was in the Commissary Department 
in Washington's army during the Revolution, and for his fc'ithfui services 
to the cause of the colony w^as given fifteen hundred acres of land, which 
he subsequently located in North Thumberland county, Pennsylvania. 
Another fact concerning the ancestors might be added. Dr. Alexander's 
maternal great-grandfather Brown, when a child, was stolen temporarily 
from his home by the famous ilingo chief Logan, and kept two days. 
during which time Logan made and placed on the child's feet a pair of 
moccasins, and after paying these evidences of his regard and showing 
the best possible entertainment returned the child unharmed to his 
parents. 

Dr. Alexander's father was Cyrus Alexander, who was born in 
Mifflin county. Pennsylvania, September 30, 1807, and followed farming 
at his regular vocation. He had a common school education, was a Pres- 
byterian in religion, and a stanch Republican, throughout his adult life. 
His death occurred September 7, 1889. Cjtus marned Mary Brown, who 
was born also in Mifflin county, February 20, 1814. and died Augnist 
12, 1894. 

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cation was acquired at Washington and Jefferson College in the city of 
Washington in western Pennsylvania. On March 12, 1874, he was grad- 
uated Al D from the University of Pennsylvania, and thereafter spent 
one year in the AYestern Pennsylvania Hospital at Pittsburg, m 1875 
was en"-a<^pd in the Philadelphia Dispen.sary, and in 1876 entered the 
niedif-af d'epartnient of the United States Navy. He served as assistant 
suro-eon in the United States Navy, and was for six months m the quaran- 
tine' service on the west coast of Florida. Later he was assigned to duty 
on the receiving ship Potomac at the Port of Philadelphia. Dr. Alex- 
ander moved west and located in Indiana, in 1877, first in Fayette 
county and in 1879 established his home and residence at Pendleton, 
where' he has lived and practiced medicine for almost thirty-five years. 

Dr. Alexander ser^•ed one year as president of the Aladison County 
Medicjil Societv, and has m.embership in the Indiana State, tiie Missis- 
sippi Valley, and the American Medical Association. He has always 
been a Republican, and for the past fifteen years has served as a trustee 
of the Pendleton Consolidated School District. Reared m a Presby- 
terian family, he was affiliated with that church for some time, but now 
is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Pendleton. ^ rater- 
nallv the doctor belongs to thp Independent Order oi Odd -^^ <=t^crvyf , ttie 
Kni'o-hts of Pytliias, and the Benevolent and Protective Order ot Elks. 

On November 5, 1879, Dr. Alexander married AIiss Carno _x>oyd 
Huc^hes at Cambridge City, Indiana. She received her education m Ue 
schools of Cambridge City, and is a daughter of Evan and^Samantha 
Hughes, her father having been of Pennsylvania Dutch Stociv. 

Charle^^ L Oldham. One of the well known prosperous farming 
men of Fall Creek township of whom it is but reasonable that mention 
be made- in this historir-sl and biographical work devoted to the repre- 
sentative men of the county, Charles L. Oldham takes a leading place m 
the representative activities of Pendleton and tae township. _ He was 
born in Champaign county, Illinois, m December, 1866, and is the son 
of A W. and Barbara A. (Stephens) Oldham, the latter being now de- 
ceased and the former a resident of Pendleton, Indiana. Both were 
native^ of Hamilton county, Ohio. The father came to Madison coiinty 
when he was about eighteen years of age, and m 1854 married AIis. 
Stephens He was a veteran of the Civil war, serving three years m 
the Union army, and seeing much of the activities of the long siege. 
Three children were born to these parents: Charles L Frank F un- 
married and a resident of Pendleton, Indiana; and Delia May, al.o un- 
married, and living at home. *„ vTo^;^A,. 

Charles L Oldham was four years old when he came to ^^adi^ou 
county with his parents, and as a boy in the home community he attended 
the district schools. He later was graduated from the schools of Spnn^ 
Valley after which he turned his attention to farming. la October, 
1888 Mr Oldham married ATiss Fannie J. Tyson, who was born m Madi- 
son countv, Indiana, in September, 1866, and was educated m Ae com- 
mon schools of her native county. They have one child, Orville W., born 
Auonst 21 1889, who is now married to Lola Smith 

M? Oldham and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal 
church at Pendleton, in which they are active and energetic with reter- 
ence to the work of the various departments a iid fraternally .,L0^ 
ham has membership in the Independent Order of Odd ^^'^^''^^jf^ll 
the Kni-hts of Pythias. In the former order he is a Past Graiid and has 
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an active part in the party ranks.' In 1912 he was the nominee for the 
oflBce of commissioner of the South District of Madison county. He 
has a fine farjn of one hundred and twenty acres about a mile and a half 
distant from Pendleton, oji Lick Creek Pike, and is recognized as oue 
of the successful and enterprising- farmers of the township. 

Arthur Wolfe Brady. The president of the Union Traction Com- 
pany of Indiana, whose home for a number of years had been in Ander- 
son, was born at IMuncie, Januaiy 13, 1865, a son of General Thomas J. 
and Emeline (AYolfe) Brady. On his father's side there is a combina- f 

tion of both Irish and English stock, while the maternal forbears were 
some of them German and others French. On both sides the earliest mera- 
■ bers of the family came to the United States during the eighteenth 
centuiy. His father, the late Thomas J. Brady was born at Muncie in 
1839, and he died at Jersey City, New Jersey, in 1904. A lawj^er by | 

profession he won distinction in niilitar)' iiffairs, and in public life. He ' 

served throughouc the Civil war, with the rank of Captain and :\Iajor in 
the Eighth Indiana Infantry, and was colonel of the one hundred and 
seventeenth and the one hundred and fortieth Indiana regiments, and 
was brevetted brigadier general towards the close of the war. For a 
number of years he was editor and publisher of the Zvluneie Times, served 
as consul at St. Thomas, West Indies, was supervisor of internal revenue, 
and still later held the post of second assistant postmaster general at 
AVashington. Emeline AYolfe Brady was born at WesttiekC Ohio in 
1842, and died at I\Iuncie in 1SS4. 

Arthur W. Brady attended the public schools of Muncie, prepared for 
college at a private school in Connecticut, graduated fro)u' Yale Univer- 
sity A. B. in the class of 1887, during- tlie following year read iavr in 
the ofBee of an uncle at Fort \Yayne and was graduated from the law de- 
partment of the University of Jlichigan in June. 1889, with the degree 
of LL. B. Mr. Brady practiced law at IMuncie from 1889 to 1902, and 
maintained an office at Indianapolis from 1902 until 19C4. He was 
elected mayor of JIuncie on the Democratic ticket in 1902, and his service 
in that office continued until September, 1905. He became general coun- 
^sel for the Union Traction Company of Indiana, and in 1904 was elected 
president of this the largest interurban transportation company in thf^ 
state. It was at that time kiiown as the Indiana Union Traction Com- 
pany, and is now the Union Traction Company of Indiana. The main 
offices of the company were moved to Anderson in the fall of 1904, and 
his home has been in that city since that date. 

Mr. Brady is a Democrat, and during the time of the free-silver 
issue of 1896 belonged to the Gold Wing of that party. In June, 1893, he 
married Jane Ninde, daughter of Lindley M. and Beulah C. Ninde, 
of Fort Wayne, Indiana. She died in the same year, and in 1901 he mar- 
ried Caroline H. IMcCulloch, daughter of Dr. James IMcCulloch and Caro- 
line J. McCuUoch of :\Iuncie. Ur. Brady has two sons : George Wolfe 
Brady, born at Indianapolis, August 22, 1903 ,■ and Arthur Adam Brady, 
born at Ander.son, February 23, 1905. I 

Wallace B. Campbell has been closely identified with the busi- 
ness life of Anderson since coming to the city in 1895. He is well 
and favorably remembered as editor and owner of the Anderson Herald, 
which he built up to be one of the best equipped printing establish- l 

ments in any city of similar size in the state. After several years of | 

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very successful newspaper work be turned his attention to real estate, 
developing- one of the largest flat, apartment and business properties in 
the city. In addition to looking after his own property interests during 
the past eight years, he has been secretaiy of the Anderson Commercial 
Club, which has been a most efficient organization in the promotion of 
the city's industrial development. 

Mr. Campbell was born on a farm in DeAVitt county, Illinois, June 
S, 1857. His father was Joseph Wallace Campbell, who was born near 
Paris, Bourbon county, Kentucky, on April 1, 1820, and who came to 
Indiana about 1840, settling on a farm near Bloomiugton. ]Mr. Camp- 
bell's mother, ]\Iary Ann (Blakely) Campbell, was born near May's 
Lick, Mason county, Kentucky, on February 5, 1824, and moved to a 
farm near Bloomiugton in 1834. She married Joseph W. Campbell on 
October 19, 1843, and in 1849 they entered eighty acres of land in De- 
Witt county, Illinois. There were eight children born of this union. 
William 0., the first born, served three years in the Union army before 
he came of age. The others were Louise J., Alice, Sarah E., Laura, 
AVallace B., Hilary J., and Lawrence E., all living today with the single 
exception of Louise J. The mother died on ]\Iarcli 5, 1894, and the father 
followed her on Noveifiber 18, 189G, at Roberts, Illinois. Both were 
almost lifelong members of the Christian church and lived exemplary 
lives for simplicity, integrity, gentleness aud neighborly kindness. 

Wallace B. Campbell lived on a farm until he was twenty-two years 
of age. His early education w^as obtained in the district schools, with 
the exception of two short terms in a village school. He taught school 
near his father's farm in Ford county. Illinois, for two years and during 
that time assisted at home on the farm an.d did one year's work in 
preparation for college, without an instructor. He entered the fresh.- 
man class in Indiana University in 1880 and was graduated vvith the 
class of 1886. During ids last year he had charge of the laboratory work 
in Botany with W. S. Blatehley who graduated the following year and 
who was afterward State Geologist for many years. He taught school 
in Montgomery county two years before graduating from the university, 
it being necessary to earn his college expenses in that manner. He 
entered the university on less than $50 and boarded himself for two 
years. He was elected principal of the Paxton (Ills.) high school in the 
fall of 1886, and the next year he read law with Messrs. Paul, White and 
Humplu'eys of Crawfordsville, Indiana, and was admitted to the bar in 
that city. He opened a law, real estate and loan office at Roberts, Ford 
county, Illinois, but it proved a poor location, as Ford county was largely 
agricultural, without saloons and with very little crime to be contended 
«vith, so that the "pickings" for a young lawyer were disagreeably 
sparse. However, during his residence there, he tried about a dozen 
cases, winning each of them. 

Mr. Campbell had acquired some taste for newspaper work while 
in college and as waiting for "cases" made no strong appeal to a man 
of his native energy and activity, he decided to accept the invitation of 
Hon. N. E. Stevens, of Paxton, Illinois, to become associated with i\Ir. 
Stevens' son, Arthur H. Stevens, in newspaper work at Auburn, Indiana. 
There the two young men bought the Auburn Dispatch, June 1, 1889. 
This proved to be a successful venture in a business way, and five years 
later ]\Ir. Campbell bought Mr. Stevens' interest in the paper and ran 
it alone for a year, selling it in June, 1895, to buy the Anderson Herald. 

When ]\Ir. Campbell bought the Herald in the year named, as far 



480 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

as equipment was concerned, the plant was a veritable junk sIkj}), barring 
the presence of some good type and one small job press. It was manned, 
however, with a number of good employes, among whom was Charles H. 
Neffj'one of the present owners, ilr. Campbell brought ]Mr. Edward C. 
Toner, of Martinsville, now another of the owners of the paper, to the 
Herald as city editor in October, 1S95, and about the same time Harry 
T. Hallara, of Auburn, came as foreman of the mechanical department, 
a position he still holds. i\Ir. Campbell's next step was to eciuip the 
plant with the best machinery money could buy. In this equipment was 
a Cox angle-bar web perfecting press, the first one installed in Indiana, 
and a ]\Iergenthaler linotype jnachine, the second or third to be installed 
in the smaller cities of the state. The first paper published from type- 
set on this machine was issued on July 4, 1897. 

Mr. Campbell was a close student of newspaper and job printing. 
He frequently consulted a number of the most successful newspaps.'r men 
in the state and profited by their experience. He served at dilterent times 
as secretary and president of the Indiana Republican Editorial Associa- 
tion, and was several times sent as a delegate to the National Editorial 
Association meetings. He was frequently to be found on the progTani 
in state and national meetings. He attributes his success in newspaper 
work, which is recognized tliroughout the state, to three things — good 
equipment of his plant, surrounding hioiself with loyal and competent 
workmen, and conscientious and faithful service to the community served. 

The ilcrald was sold to Edward C. Toner and Charles H. Neff on 
June 1, 1901, since which time 'Slv. Campbell has given his attention to 
the buying and developing of the Campbell, x\.nnex, Jefferson and Lin- 
coln flat, apartm.ent and business properties. 

When the Anderson Commercial Club was organized in Deceinber, 
1905, the first board of directors selected Mr. Campbell as Club Secre- 
tary. He was reelected each succeeding year up to the present time. 
During the entire time he has served in the office at a personal sacrifice, 
but always with the highest regard for whatever vvould promote the best 
interests of the city. The city has enjoyed marked industrial develop- 
ment during the eight years of ]Mr. Campbell's service, m.ueh of which 
has been directly due to the work of the Commercial Club. The nev/ 
industries l)rought to the city, or the old ones retained, through work 
of the Commercial Club, have during that period paid out more thaii 
$3,500,000 in wages. Of this sum from ten to fifteen per cent is net 
profit to the city. 

Mr. Campbell has always been greatly interested in the public schools. 
In June, 1909, he w^as unanimously elected a member of the School 
Board, serving as secretary' two years and as president one year. He 
was president of the Board when the present new high school building 
was completed in 1912. During his service he stood for the most rigid 
economy in the expenditure of the public funds, but _ he especially 
favored an increased wage for the grade teachers, with a view of holding 
more of the best teachers where the greatest number of pupils might_ be 
benefited. He urged the largest development of the manual training 
and vocational cotirses and the establishment of a business course in the 
high school T^dth the hope of making all of the school work more practi- 
cal and useful to the great body of pupils who must depend upon the 
public schools for their entire education. His work on the board was 
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HISTORY OF IVIADISON COUNTY 481 

vot-atioiial education, which has so lately come to be an issue of greatest 
importance iu the puhlie schools generally. 

On October 19, 1892, Mr. Campbell married Miss Sarah E. Taruey, 
daughter of Samuel J. and Nancy Tarney, of Auburn, Indiana. Mrs. 
Campbell was graduated fntm the State Normal at Terre Haute, Indiana, 
in 1884, and after serving as principal of the Bourbon (Indiana) high 
school for one year, was elected a member of the State Normal Faculty, 
which position she held up to the time she was married. In the fall of 
1895 she was elected supervisor of instruction in the Anderson schools, 
serving in that capacity for three years, and declining reelection for a 
fourth year, because of her wish to retire from the teaching profession. 
Probably no woman in. ]Madison county has done more practical work 
for the cause of education than has ^Irs. Campbell. For years she was 
instructor in many county institutes throughout the state, and she has 
revised several school readers for the xVmerican School Book Company. 
In addition to Mrs. Campbell's enthusiastic interest in education, which 
she still retains, she is o'reatly interested in public charity and in the 
work of the correctional institutions of the state. She was appointed by 
Governor Hanly as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Indiana 
Girls' School, was reappointed by Governor ^larshall and for the past 
three years has been president of the board. She is president of the 
Madison County Children's Home Association, and has been since the 
organization of the association thirteen years ago. 

Mr. Campbell, also, has a keen interest in all of these matters, and is 
a director and treasurer of this board of A^■hich his wife is president. 
Both are membei's of the Tourist Club and ^^Irs. Campbell is a member 
of the Clio Club, both being literary organizations • of representative 
order. 

Spencer G. BEviLHiiiER. For more than sixty years a resident of 
Madison county, Mr. Bevilhimer is one of the citizens whose name and a 
brief lecord of whose career should be permanently recorded in any 
history of the community. He represents a family, which had its part 
in the early development of the county, he was himself one of the Madi- 
son county's soldiers for the war of the Rebellion, and since his return 
to the county as a veteran soldier he has had his full share in the re- 
sponsibilities of making a living and providing for home and family, 
and has also discharged his duties to the general coraraunity, v.ith an 
efficiency which brings him honor. 

Spencer Gorland Bevilhimer whose farm of one hundred and fifteen 
acres is situated in Lafayette township was born September 12, 1845, 
in Franklin county, Indiana. His parents were Charles and Sarah 
(Gorland) Bevilhimer. The father, a native of Pennsylvania, had the 
following family of children : Susan, deceased ; George, who w'as a 
soldier of the Civil war, and now deceased; Edmund, deceased, also a 
soldier of the war ; Spencer G. ; Sarah, Elmer, and Anna, deceased ; 
Charles M. ; and Lewis. 

The father brought his family to Madison county in October, 1849, 
and located his home in Lafayette township. It was in this vicinity there- 
fore that Spencer G. Bevilhimer spent his early career and when he was 
a boy he went to school in an old log school house, which stood in the 
neighborhood. He is probably one of the few citizens still li\ing in this 
county whose early schooldays were passed in one of the old-time struc- 
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tive accoinmodciiions aud facilities. Duririo- his solinnl r1«.-c i.. i 
worked on the lioine farm, and in this way^aLL^his y^T^^ftilh' 
was eighteen Then i.a 1863 at Anderson 1.1 enhs'ed n'cCpan; B o? 
the One Hundred and Thirtietli Indiana Infantry under CaDtain F ' R 
Do^vne and AV. H. Mays. The One Hundred and TMi-t eth Indlanf w^-^ 
assigned to the First Brigade, second division, of the Tu^^^^^^^^^^^ 
Corps, under General Scofield. The brigade eontainl^d h foU;^n^^ 
regiments, the Tiurd and Sixth Tennessee; the Fourteenth KentucW" 
the Twenty-Fifth Michigan; the Ninety-Ninth Ohio, and TlLsSfh 
Michigan Bat er>, comprising about 3,500 men in a 1. The en-a^e 
ments m which Mr. Bevilhimer and his regiment participated were°as" I 

follows : Taylors Ridge m Georgia, Rocky Face, Snake Creek Buzzards 
Roost Sugar ^ aU.j, Burnt Hickory, Kingston, Rome, Resaca,' Pumpkin ^ 

vine Creek, New Hope Church, Pine Mountain, Lost Mountain CuTnl 
Farm, Renesaw Mountain, Marietta, Chattahoochee River Peach Tree 
Creek, Decatur, Atlanta Rough and Ready, Jonesboro, Lovejoy Rome 
Nashville, Kingston, and the final surrender of Johnson the Confederate 
leader at Greensboro, North Carolina. ' ^-ontederate 

After the war Mr. Bevilhimer returned to this county and he-^n 
his practical career as a farmer. He rented land from Stephen Kerr 
and It was as a tenant and by hard labor and good manageniput that h^ 
linaxly secured enough to provide for a home and to buy land for his 
career as an independent fai-mer. . ^ 

On December 23 1866, he mai-ried .^liss Eliza J. Jenkins, a dau-ht^r ' 

of Darnel and Tabitha^ (Moore) Jenldns, frora Pike countv,' Ohio = Th. 
parents settled in Lafayette township. Her mother's father, Samuel 

S'wr.T-'' '^'t '''\i?T''''- ^^''- bevilhimer has one sister 

and biother living. Isaac Jenkins of Anderson and Mrs. Thompson \ 

lAr 'K'v^'o'^'^-n''' ^"e^^l*^^^ the same school. The nine children 

w;^lfw u 't ^''-'^^'"'^^.f^^-^-- Altha. Nora, Frank, Amanda, Anna. 

^ ade, ^^ alter, LeUne and Nila. Mr. Bevilhimer is a past commander of 

his G A. R. Post No 244 at Anderson. Fraternally he is affiliated with 1 

the Masonic Order Lodge No. 77 at Anderson, and with Commandery 

fffli- : f- .\ ^^ '"-^ ^}^enihev of the Methodist ciiurch and in politics 

athliated with the principles of the new Progressive party. " | 

James W Griffin. An able representative of the business interests 
of Elwood, James ^. Griffin is widely known in insurance circles of 
the Hoosier .^tate as the assistant superintendent of the Prudential 
Life Insurance Company. Mr. Griffin was born IMarch 6, 1868, at Pitts- 
boro^ North Carolina, and is a son of James D. and Sarah A. (Harman) 

John Griffin, the paternal great-grandfather of Mr. Griffin wa= a ^ 

""f/i'l • Ireland whence he came directly to the United States and 
settled ill Ohio. There also settled Henry Harman, the maternal great- 
grandfather of Mr. Griffin, who had been born in the Fatherland Wes- 
ley Gnffin, the grandfather of James W. Griffin, was born in Yirc^inia 
(now West Virginia), was a farmer, and became an early settle^r of 
Chatham county, North Carolina, near Pittsboro, where he spent the 
remainder of his life. He reached advanced years, as did also his ^ife 
Malsey (Bland) Griffin, a native of North Carolina, and they became 
the parents or a large family of children, arnong whom were- Sidney ! 

Jarn^es D. Joseph T., John Wesley, Julia A. and Betty, twins: and ? 

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"W. Griffin, was born in North Carolina, and there married Kebecea Chad- 
wick. He was a wagon maker, and also engaged in general repair work, 
and at one time enlisted for service in the War of 1812-14, but saw no 
active fighting. He died on the old home place at Pittsboro, North Caro- 
lina, when eighty-nine years of age, while his wile was seventy-eight 
years old at the time of her demise. They had the follov/ing children : 
Joseph, Elizabeth, Sarah A. and Mary, twins, and John Thomas. 

James D. Griffin was reared on his father's farm in North Carolina, 
and was engaged in agricultural pursuits at the time of the outbreak of 
the struggle between the North and the South. Enlisting in the Con- 
federate army, for four years he fought valiantly for the cause he 
believed just, and when the war was closed he had a record as a brave 
and faithful soldier. On his return to the pursuits of peace, he resumed 
his agricultural operations, and was so engaged until his retirement, 
some ten years ago. At this time he is acting in the capacity of door- 
keeper of the North Carolina Legislature. His v\-ife died February 3, 
1883, at the age of forty-four years. She was a member of the ^Methodist 
Episcopal Church, South, while he is connected with the Christian 
Church. They were the parents of nine children, as follows: James W., 
residing at Elwood: Isaac N., of Raleigh, North Carolina; Mary J.. 
deceased, who was the wife of Isaac Clark; Ida L., the wife of Robert A. 
Glenn, of Pittsboro, North Carolina; Emily, single, and a resident of 
Southern Pines, North Carolina; John T., of Pittsboro; Robert Ij., re- 
siding at Durham, North Carolina; and William T. and Walker, of 
Pittsboro, North Carolina. 

James W. Griffin received his education in the district schools of his 
native locality, and continued to reside under the parental roof until 
attaining his majority, in the meantime being thoroughly trained iu 
agricultural work. Following this he rented a farm near the. homestead 
for four years, but eventually decided that farming was not his forte, 
and on April 14, 1893, came to Elwood and secured employment in the 
plate glass works. A short tinie thereafter, he went to work for the tin 
plate works, where he continued for thirteen years. During this time, 
Mr. Griffin had been soliciting life insurance as a side line, and by 1908 
his business had grown to such an extent that he decided to give his whole 
attention to this work, and accordingly identified himself with the 
Prudential Life Insurance Company of America. He is now assistant 
superintendent at Elwood, and maintains offices in the Hene Block. The 
peculiar talents necessary to the successful soliciting of life insurance 
are possessed in a remarkable degree by Mr. Griffin, and he is known as 
one of his company's most valuable men. He has made numerous friends 
both in and outside of business circles, and a pleasing, genial personality 
has had much to do with the building up of a substantial business. 

On November 25, 1897, ^Nlr. Griffin was married to Miss Stella A. 
Luse, daughter of William H. and Lucinda (Beeler) Luse, and to this 
tmion there have been born five children : William J. ; Robert Paul, 
who died in infancy; Yelma L. ; Emereth E. and Helen Lucille. Mr. 
and Mi's. Griffin are members of the Christian Church, and Mr. Griffni 
is one of the elders of the Elwood congregation. He belongs to Quincy 
Lodge No. 200, I. 0. 0. F., and to the Encampment of that order. He 
was reared a Democrat, but has strong Prohibition tendencies. While 
he has not sought public office, he has shown an interest in matters which 
have affected his community, and his support has been given to progres- 



484 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

sive and beneficial movements at all times. His comfortable modern 
residence is located at No. 312 South Twenty-first street 

Mre. Grifiin was born _ in Madison county, Indiana, near Elwood 
while her father was a native of Preble county, Ohio, and her moth.-r of 
Indiana. They still reside on the old home place near Elwood a.id are 
farming people. They have four children: Emereth E Stella V 
Charles and Cassius C. Mr. Luse was a soldier during the Civil war' 
1 he paternal grandparents of Mrs. Griffin were Robert and Abigail 
(TVheldon) Luse, natives of Ohio, while her maternal grandparents were 
James and Carolina (Jackson; Beeler, who came from the Old Dominion 

^ Lewis Heffner. A substantial business citizen whose historv h?s 
been commensurate with that of Elwood from the time thi. flou>-ishiiu^ 
and prosperous city was but a small, struggling village, Lewi^ Heffnp" 
has played no small part in the great growth and development here dur- 
ing the past forty years, during ^^•hich time he lias been intimateh- iden- 
tified with some 01 the city's largest business interests. His life has been 
oneot industry and perseverance, and the systematic and ^onorabl- 
business methods which he has follo\\ed have won him the support a-d 
confidence of h^s fellow-citizens. :Mr. Hefiner was bo-n ir- Be-ks coun^v 
Pennsylvania October 5, 1839, and is a son of Daniel and Marv 
(Schmeck) Heffner. 

The history of the paternal grandparents of 7^Iv. HeiTn-r has l-^en 
lost, but on the maternal side his grandparents were Jolm and Miss 
(Heckniann) Schmeck, natives of an old Berks countv famiiv whicli 
^?tt ed m Pennsylvania long before the Indians had left that'se-tion 
Both reached advanced years. IMrs. Schmeck being past ninny at t'-c 
time of her death, and they had a large family, amono- whom were Cat'^- 
erine, Mary, Lena, Hannah, Elizabeth, Lydia and Daniel. Datiiel 
Hettner was born m Berks county. Pennsvlvania, anrl for manv v-iP'^ 
resided about seven miles from Reading, wliere hp was the p>-Apru--t'o'- of 
a blacksnnth shop. His death occurred there when he was seveutv-nine 
years of age. and he was widely known and highly esteemed in hi^ com- 
munity. He married Mary Schmeck, also a^uadve of Berks <-oui.tv 
who survived him for some time, and was about seyentv-nine years of 
age at the time of her demise. He was a Lutheriin in his relio-^or.s V-liV.f 
while she adhei-ed to the faith of the German Reformed Church. 

Lewis Heffner was reared in Berks county, Pennsylvania, where he 
obtained a common school education, and as a lad was engaged in assist- 
ing his father in his blacksmith shop. TVhen twenty y'ears of ao-e hp 
began learning the mill-wright's trade, which he followed for four or 
five years at Lewiston, Pennsylvania, and while living there cast his first 
vote, which he gave in support of Abraham Lincobi. In 1860 ^Ir. 
Heffner came to Indiana by way of Chicago, stopping off at Logansport 
for a timeand going thence to Lincoln, where he erected a sawmill for 
a Mr. Wright. He remained at that place for seven years, and then 
purchased a piece of land in Tipton county, on which he erected a saw- 
mill, continunig to operate that busine.ss during the next seven vears. 
Subsequently, he came to Elwood. then but a small village. Briiiging 
his sawmill here, he continued to operate it successfully until 190S. in 
addition to which he conducted a small planing mill. In the meantime, 
m 1865, he had engaged in the lumber manufacturing business, and in 
1908 he embarked in dealing in coal, and now employs a large force of 



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men in handling coal, lumber and all kinds of building material. He 
has seen Ehvood grow and develop, and has not been a mere spectator, 
for he has done a great deal of building, and has in many ways assisted, 
to forward the progress of the city of his adoption. In 1911 he erected 
a garage, which is occupied by an automobile concern. 

On ^fay 15. 1867, Mr. Heffner was married to Miss Sophia Emeline 
Ferguson, vv-ho ^vas born at Shelbyville, Indiar.a. daughter of James and 
Esther (Gibson) Fergaison. the former a native of Little York, Pennsyl- 
vania. JNFr. and r^Irs. Ferguson had children : ^lary, Jane, Lafayette, 
Emeline, Retta. William, ^Margaret, Rebecca, TVilkison, Louise and 
Amelia. Seven children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. HefTner: 
James Daniel, who married Miss "Bert" Lewis, and died in 1906; 
Winnie, who became the wife of Lewis AY. Whipple, of p]lwood ; Abby, 
who married C. L. Bruce, of Elwood, and has children, — Winnetta, 
Lewis. Glen, ]\Iargaret. James, Esther. Roberta and Dorothy; Robert- 
Lee Lewis, who lost his life in a railroad accident at the age of seventeen 
years; Charles, who died in infancy; Benjamin, who died when aged 
about eigliteen months; and Odeta, who also died young. 

]\Irs. Heffner is a me)uber of the ^Methodist Protestant Church, ^iv. 
Heffner supports the principles of the Prohibition part}". For a short 
time he was a member of the city council of Ehvood, but resigned before 
the expiration of his term. A man of upright life ajid honorable dealing, 
he has gained and retained the respect and esteem of Ins fellow-citizens, 
and his career is worthy of emulation by those of the younger generation. 

John II. Lail, M. D. It is widely recognized, in a comparison of the 
relative value to mankind of the various professions and pursuits to 
which men devote their time and energies, that none is more important 
than the science of medicine. Human destiny is largely in the hands 
of the physicia?! from the cradle to the grave, not alone on account of 
the effect of his ministrations may have upon the physical system, but 
upon men's moral and mental nature as well. A cheerful presence, a 
sympathetic disposition and a kindly nature often contribute to a 
patient's recovery in as great a measure as the medicines administered, 
and therefore form essential qualifications to be possessed by the success- 
ful practitioner. In none of these has Dr. John H. Lail, of Anderson, 
been found lacking. A resident of Anderson since 1905, he has steadily 
advanced in his profession, gaining marked distinction by reason of his 
broad knowledge, his skill, and his devotion to the highest ideals of his 
honored calling. 

John H. Lail was born April 21, 1865, in Washington township. 
Rush county, Indiana, and is a son of George H. and Mary (Shawhan) 
Lail. His father, a native of Kentuck}', removed from that State to 
Rush county in young manhood, where he was engaged in agricultural 
pursuits for some years, and upon his retirement went to Indianapolis, 
where he continued to live in retirement. True to the characteristics 
of Kentuckians, he was a great lover of horses, and was known during his 
day as a noted breeder of and dealer in fine stock. Among his animals 
were "Elsie Good," 2:18, 

After attending the public schools of Rush county, Indiana, Dr. 
John H. Lail received instructions in select school and subsequently, 
becoming a student of medicine, took up his studies in the Physio-Med- 
ical College, at Indianapolis, from which institution he was graduated 
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at Ingalls, where he was successful in building up a larcr^ clientele but 
in 190d, desiring a wider field for his activities, came to Anderson, opened 
.well-appointed offices m the Union Building, and here has continued in 
the enjoyment of a steadily-increasing practice. Keen discernment in 
the diagnosis of a case, sound judgment in prescribing medicines and 
methods of treatment, thorough understanding of anatomy, and marked 
skiU m the operatmg room, have won him rank among the abh-st physi- 
cians and surgeons of Anderson. He is a member of the Madison cJuntv 
Medical Society His fraternal connections are with the Camels of the 
World and the Modern Woodmen of America, in both of which he has 
numerous friends. He is a man of public-spirit and a broad-minded 
citizen, thoroughly awake to all enterprises tending to the publir- welfare 
In 1892, Dr. Lail was married to iliss Effie Newsora, who was born 
at W orthmgton, Greene county. Indiana, daughter of TV'iUiam J New 
som, an honored citizen of Warrington. Hancock comity, Indiana "vv-here 
tor some years he served in the capacity of postmaster. Dr and Mrs 
Lail have had three children: Yerne N., and Gladys and Bernice Uvim 
Verne i\. is m business m Seattle, Washington; Grladys is the wife of 
Merrill F. Gustin, of Anderson, and Bernice is living at home. 

Ivan C Dunlap. Eveiy line of business is being successful! v prose- 
cuted at Lh\ood, for it is a community of sufficient importance "to com- 
mand a large trade from the surrounding country, and the people u ho 
make it their market demand the best of goods and service. One of the 
leading business men of this place is Ivan C. Dunlap, proprietor of the 
handsome jewelry establishment located in the :\rilligan Block. :\Ir 
Dunlap was born at Arrowsmith, :\IcLean countv, Ilfinois, September 
20, 1881, and is a son of Theodore F. and PJliza E. (Green) Dunlap 
_ The paternal grandfather of :\Ir. Dunlap, Calvin Dunlap, was born 
in Ohio, and was there married to Catherine A. Jones, a native of the 
Keystone State. At an early day they migrated to McLean county, 
Illinois, there dying when some years past middle ago. Thes- were +he 
parents of six children: Theodore P., Byron, Lilly. Belle,' Jane and 
Charles. ^Iv. Dunlap 's maternal grandparents were Gilbert and [Marv 
(Finch) Green, natives of New York, and carlv settlers of jIcLean 
county,^I]linois, where he passed away, Mrs. Green being nearlv nii.etv 
..years of age at the time of her demise in Indiana, her husband civirig 
when some years younger. They had one child: Eliza E. :\rr. Green 
had contracted a former marriage, by which he had four children: 
Marshall, Benoni S., Lydia and Eunice. Theodore F. Dunlap was born 
in Ohio, and was about nine years of age when he accompanied his 
parents to :\IcLean county, Illinois, settling south of the town of Ells- 
worth, where he grew to manhood. Ilis first emplovment was as a 
country school teacher, but later he turned his attention to the hardware 
business and for some years worked in a store at Arrowsmith. Return- 
ing to the homestead south of Ellsworth, he was engaged in farming 
there for a number of years, and then purchased a large^farm in Jasper 
county which he still owns, but he and his wife are now living retired. 
and make their home in Elwood. 'During his residence in McLean 
county, Mr. Duidap took some interest in matters of a political nature. 
and served his township as road commissioner for a period of twelve 
years. Both he and liis wife have long been faithful members of the 
Methodist Church, in the faith of which they have raised their family. 
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Ehvood; Claude 'M., who now lives in Syracuse, New York; Ivan C, 
Elwood, lud. • and Orville G., of Bloomingrton, lUinois. 

Ivan C. Dunlap was reared on his father's farm in McLean county, 
Illinois, and like other farmers' sons of his day received his education 
in the district schools, which he attended during the winter terms, his 
summers being spent in the work of the home farm. Later, he attended 
the Illinois Wesleyan University, at Bloomington, and after leaving that 
institution took a trip through the West, looking for a suitable place in 
which to settle. Eventually he settled in Attica, Indiana, where he 
began to learn watchmaking, and on thoroughly mastering this delicate 
science located in Bedford, Indiana, where for tv.o and one-half years 
he acted in the capacity of head watchmaker for R. E. Dale. He first 
came to Elwood as manager for Fred W. Green, jeweler, whose stock he 
subsequently purchased, and moved it to his present quarters on South 
Anderson street, in the ^Miliigan Block. Here he has a beautiful show 
room, arranged to tastefully and advantageously display his elegant 
stock of watches, rings and other fine jewelry. His trade has shown a 
healthy and gratifying increase, and amoiig the business men of the 
city he is recognized as a substantial man of affairs. 

On February 26, 1903, Mr. Dunlap was married to Miss Ora V. 
Kenton, who was born near Rensselaer, Indiana, daughter of William 
and Serepha (Hemphill) Kenton, natives of the Hoosier State, the 
former of whom resides at ]\[itchell, South Dakota, where jMrs. Kenton 
died at the age of fifty-five years. There were thirteen children in the 
Kenton family: ]\Iason, Frank, El, Fannie, I<aura, Clara, Evelyn, 
Blanche, Ora, Simon, Elizabeth a^id two others. Mr. and Mrs. Dunlap 
have had four cliildren : Kenton, Helen, IMax and Janice. They are 
consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and liberally 
support its movements, and ^Ir. Dunlap holds membership in the Elks 
and the college fraternity of Sigm.a Chi. His political faith is that of 
the new Progressive party. 

John A. Moon, the proprietor of a picture-framing establishment at 
No. 141S ]\Iain street, has been a resident of Elwood for more than 
twenty years, and during this time has gained a substantial position 
among the business men of the city and a place in the confidence of those 
^dth whom he has been associated. He has witnessed the marvelous 
growth and development which has made this city one of the principal 
commercial and industrial centers of this part of the state, and has been 
an active participant in many of the movements which ha,ve brought 
this great progress about. Mr. Moon was born November 16, 1S48, in 
Clinton county, Ohio, and is a son of George and Elizabeth (Smith) 
Moon. 

Samuel ]\Ioon, the paternal grandfather of John A. Moon, was born 
in Tennessee, and was a farmer all of his life, his death occurring in 
Clinton county, Ohio, when he was well along in years. He and his wife 
were the parents of a large family of children, among them Simeon, 
Isaac, Joshua, Asa, William, Alva, George, Da,vid, Susie. Nancy and 
Martha. John Smith and his vdfe, the mateimal grandparents of John 
A. Jloon were natives of Vi7-ginia, were farming people, and attained 
to ripe old age. They had a faraily of eight children, namely: Eliza- 
beth, Margaret, Sarah, Rachel, Hannah, Lena, John and William. George 
Moon, father of John A. Moon, was reared in Clinton county, Ohio, 

where he became the owner of a farm, which he cleared and improved. 
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488 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

There he reared his family, spent the balance of his career, and died in 
1905, at the age of eighty-four years. ^Mr. :\Ioon passed away in Febiu 
ary, and his wife survived only until the following September, when 
she followed him to the grave. She was a meniber of the Society of 
Friends, while he vvas a Universalist. They had a family of nine chil- 
dren: Amanda, the wife of William Kester, of Clinton coujity, Ohio; 
Emma, the widow^ of Peace Wallace, of that county; John A.' of this 
review; Columbus, still living in Clinton count}-, Ohio; Maggie, the wife 
of Daniel West, of the same county; IMarion, deceased; Asa, of Clinton • 

county, Ohio; Oscar, also of that county; and Ulysses, who lives on the [ 

old homestead place there. i 

John A. Moon was reax-ed on his father's farm in Clinton county, 
Ohio, and received his education in the public schools of ^lartinsvilie. 
He remained under the parental roof until he reached his majority, at 
which time he began his own career as a farmer on his father's place, 
subsequently purchasing a tract of thirty-seven acres, which he continued 
to farm until 1890. At that time Mr. Moon left the farm, and in the 
spring of 1893, after being variously employed, came to Elwood. which 
has since been his home. He was employed for three years at the car- 
penter trade and then entered the employ of R. L. Leeson, in whose 
department store he remained for eighteen years. Since 1911 he has 
been engaged in the picture frami)ig busine.ss on his own account, a ven- 
ture which has proven decidedly successful. Mr. ]\Ioon is proficient in 
the artistic framing of pictures, and his skillful v.ork lias enabled him 
to build up a large business, and many samples of his dexterity and excel- ; 

lent judgment are to be found in his establishment at No. 1418 ^^lain 
street. I 

On jNIay 18, 1872, Mr. ^Moon was married to ]Miss rvEaggie Pag", who 
was born in Ohio, daughter of Lewis and TJai-garet Melvina (Leonard) 
Page, n.atives of southern Ohio, who became early- settlers of Grant 
county, Indiana, and died there in middle life. 'Mv. and ]\[rs. Pa^^e had 
five children: 3Iaggie, Kate, John, Jamt-s and Elsie. xVfter the ileaiii j 

of his first wife, 'Slv. Page was again' married, and had one son: Henry. | 

To Mr. and j\Irs. Moon there have come three children : Lillie. who mar- 4 

ried K. 0. Chandler, of Elwood, and has two chiklren,^ — Mandron and 
Otella; Orlan, who died on his sixth birthday; and Lora, who married 
Charles Osting, of Elwood, and has a daughter, — Irene. Mr. and ^Irs. 
Moon belong to the Christian Church, and he is serving as deacon. of 
the Elwood congregation. The pleasant family home, at No. 1301 South ; 

E. street, was erected by ]Mr. Moon in 1898. 1 

Orlando D. Hixshaw. It has been found that the better class of 
druggists, everywhere, are men of scientific attainments and high integ- 
rity, whose lives are devoted to the welfare of their fellow-men in sup- 
plying the best of remedies and purest medicinal agents of known value, 
in accordance with physicians' prescriptions and scientific formula. 
Usually the greatest reward for long years of study and many hours of 
daily toil in their vocation is the earning of a fair living, with the 
satisfaction which arises from the knowledge of the benefits conferred 
upon their patrons and the assistance rendered the medical profession. 
Among the men of iMadison county who have assisted in making th«' 
drug business one of the most honorable of callings, Orlando D. Hin- | 

shaw, of Elwood, takes prominent rank. Since 1905 he has been con- | 

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aiid during this time he has firmly established himself iu the confidence 
and good will of his towns-people. Mr. Hinshaw was born at Sheridan, 
Hamilton county, Indiana, October 21, 1875, and is a son of Isaac N. 
and Anna (Furnace) Hinshaw. 

John Hinshaw, the paternal gi-andfather of Orlando D. Hinshaw, 
was born in North Carolina and there married Sallie Conuuons, who was 
also a native of the Old Nortli State. About 1842 they settled on a farm 
in Hamilton county, Indiana, and there both passed away in the faith 
of the Friends' Church. Their children were as follows: Isaac, Thomas, 
Andi'ew, Dugan C, WiLliara E., Martha, Sena, Lydia, and three who 
died in infancy. On the maternal side, iir. Hinshaw is descended from 
Joseph and Patty (Conipton) Furnace, natives of Ohio and early 
settlers of Hamilton county, Indiana, where they carried on agricultural 
pursuits until their deaths when advanced in ;/ears. 

Isaac N. Hinshaw was born iu North Carolina, and was five years of 
age when he accompanied his parents to Indiana, his education being 
secured in the public schools of Hamilton county. Following the voca- 
tion of his father, he adopted farming in cai-ly life, and for some time 
has resided at Sheridan, India nn, where he reared his family. He mar- 
ried xVnna Furnace, who was born in Ohio, and they became the parents 
of four children, namely : Ella J., who became the wife of T. C. Owen, 
of Carmel, Indiana; Lua B., who is the wife of John H. Glaze, of Cham- 
berland. South Dakota; Orlando D. ; and Eula, vv-ho married Archie 
Seward, of Tyrone, Oklahoma. 

Orlando D. Hinshav,- was reared iu Hamilton county, Indiana, where 
he attended the public schools, and subsequently went to Ridge Fai-m, 
Illinois, where during the next four years he studied pharmacy. Re- 
turning to Sheridan, he purchased a store, in which he continued for a 
few years, and then went to Darlington, Indiana, where he was the pro- 
prietor of an establishment for two years. At that time he decided to 
try his ahility as an agriculturist, and accordingly traded his store for 
a small I;arm in Montgomery county, but this he afterwards sold. Since 
1902 he has made his home in Ehvood, and here, in 1905, he bought his 
present pharmacy. He has been successful in this venture, has built up 
a steadily-increasing trade, and is known as one of his locality's influen- 
tial and substantial citizens. With his family, he takes a prominent 
part in the work of the Methodist Episcopal Church, where he is treas- 
urer of the board of trustees. He has likewise been prominent in fra- 
ternal circles, being master of Quincy Lodge No. 230, F. & A. M. ; and a 
member of Elwood Chapter No. 109, R. A. U. ; Sheridan Lodge No. 176, 
Knights of Pythias; and the local lodge of the Modern Woodmen of 
America. He is not a politician, but has rendered valuable service to 
his community in assisting to advance movements for the general wel- 
fare, and everywhere he is recognized as a public-spirited, earnest and 
progi'essive citizen. 

On October 23, 1897, Mr. Hinshaw was united in marriage with ]\[iss 
Cora Perry, who was born in Sheridan, Indiana, daughter of James L. 
and Josephine (Lindley) Perry. One child has been born to this union: 
Eugene. 

Frederick ^Mosiman*. Into two classes may ronghly be divided men 
who achieve success. The first of these are the dashing geniuses who 
engineer brilliant coups and march to victory ^^ith good fortune waiting 
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forge more slowly but more surely forward, and whose accomplislimeuts 
are as a rule more stable and permanent. In the second class of business 
men of Elwood may be mentioned Frederick Mosiman, a resident of this 
city for more than twenty-two years, during which time he has steadily 
advanced as a factor in the business life of the place, until now "Moai- 
man's," at No. 114 S. Anderson street, is one of the best known es'tab- 
Kshments in Elwood handling shoes, men's furnishings and millinery. 
Mr. Mosiman is a native of Indiana, having been born September ll' 
1858, in Wells county, and is a son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Eichel- • 

berger) Mosiman. j 

Andrew Mosiman, the paternal grandfather of Frederick ilo.simau, ? 

was a farmer by vocation and an early settler of Wells county, where he I 

continued to be engaged in agricultural pursuits until his death, which ! 

occurred in advanced age. He married Caroline Mosiman, and they 
became the parents of six children, as follows: John, Jacob, Frederick, 
Andrew, ]Mary and Anna. The record of the maternal grandparents of 
Mr. Mosiman has been lost. Jacob Mosiman was born in Switzerland, 
and in the city of Summitville was reared and learned the trade of 
cooper. He was still a young man when he accompaui-d the fam.ily to 
the United States, and on settling in Wells county," Indiana, among the 
early settlers, started to work at his trade. In later years he engaged 
in thehardware business, at New-ville, now- called Vera Cruz, and in his 
declining years retired from business a successful man, and m.oved to 
BlufTton, Indiana, where he died in ISOS, at the age of eighty-four years. 
His wife, who was also a native of Switzerland, passed away in young 
womanhood, many years ago. They were members of the Evangelical 
Church, but in his later years Mr. Mosiman became a member of the 
Methodist faith. For one year he served as a soldier in the Union army 
during the Civil war. Six children were born to ]Mr. and Mrs. Mosim.an, 
namely: John, Ferdinand, Frederick, Samuel, Mary and Caroline. 

Frederick Mosiman was reared in AYells county, where he attended 
the public schools of Vera Cruz until he was nine years of age, at which 
time he accompanied his parents to BlufCtou, and there grew to manhood. 
On completing his attendance in the public schools, he became a clerk in 
a dry goods store, receiving his first introduction to business when fifteen 
years of age. He continued to foUovv- the same emplov-ment for the 
next twenty years, eighteen of v/hich vvere spent in BluiTton and the 
other two at Pleasant Lake, and during this time he thoroughly nins- 
tered every detail of the business. Mr. Mosiman came to Elwood in 
1892 and here became manager of the Wiley Department Store, a posi- 
tion he held for five years, at the end of which time he embarked in the 
shoe business, in partnership with W. S. James, an association whieh 
continued for seven years. On ]Mr. James' retirement from the firm, 
Mr. Mosiman continued the business alone until 1906, and in that year 
admitted his son, Ralph K. Mosiman, to partnership, and the establish- 
ment has since been known under the simple style of "]\Iosiman's. " 
Since the store was founded, Mr. Mosiman has added millinery and 
gentlemen's furnishings to his stock, in addition to carrying a full and 
up-to-date line of the finest shoes. Mr. Mosiman has possessed something 
besides application and integrity. In practically every walk of life 
there is a certain well-defined path to success that has been followed by 
scores of others, but there are so many following it that progress is diffi- 
cult. To get ahead of the procession, one must strike out for himself, 
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make it for himself, that has led ^h\ Mosiman to his present enviable 
business prominence. His success has been his own, and none who know 
him will hesitate in saying that it has been well deserved. 

On February S, 1SS2, JNIr. ]Mosiman was married to Miss Mary Ellen 
Keller, who was born in Faribault, ^Minnesota, daughter of Capt. Samuel 
J. and ^Melviiia (AVolleat) Keller. Three children have been born to 
this union : Ralph K., who married Alabel ]\ranford, and has tv.'o chil- 
dren, — Frederick 0. and Lois ^'^label; Hugh F., who married Corinne 
Poole, and has two children, — Robert H. and AVilbur C; and Howard 
Arthur. 

The paternal great-grandfather of Mrs. Mosiman was one of those 
who assisted in building the old fort at Fort Wayne, and there in the 
early days engaged in a number of battles against the Indians. One of 
his sisters, captured by the Indians as a child, was not found until she 
had become an old woman, having spent her whole life with her savage 
captors. John Keller, the paternal grandfather of Mrs. ^Mosiman, mar- 
ried Rachel Keller, while the maternal grandfather, AVolleat. married 
Adeline Beckler. Capt. Samuel J. Keller, father of Mrs. Mosiman, was 
born in Ohio, and after traveling around to a number of states, secilecl 
in Bluffton, Indiana. From that point he enlisted for service in the 
Union army, during the Civil war, and fought bravely for four years, 
advancing to the rank of captain. He died in his eighty-sixth year, in 
July, 1911, while his wife, a nati\e of Pennsylvania, passed away when 
forty years of age. They were the parents of nine children, iiameiy: 
AVilliam 11., Sarauel F., Mary Ellen. Catherine Ann, Emnia A., Jennie 
R.. Lydia AI., JohU; and one who died in infancy. 

Afr. and Airs. Alosiman are consistent members of the Alelhodist 
Episcopal Church. He beloiigs to Quincy Lodge No. 200, Independent 
Order of Odd Fellows, to the Encampment of that body, and to Elwood 
Canton Xo. 33, in all of which he has numerous friends. In 1912 he 
exhibited his progressive principles by giving liis support to the new- 
born party of the name. He has not sought public preferment, but at 
aU times has manifested a willingness to perform the duties of good 
citizenship, and among his fellovr-townsmen is known as a. man of civic 
pride and public spirit. 

AViLL G. Evans. Among the younger generation of business men of 
Elwood, one who has made a place for himself in commercial circles is 
AVill G. Evans, the energetic proprietor of tlie pharmacy at Alain and 
Sixteenth streets. Air. Evans was born in Irondale, Ohio, September 5, 
1887, and is a son of John R. and Alatilda (Alayberry) Evans. 

The paternal grandparents of Air. Evans spent their entire lives in 
South AV'ales. They were the parents of a large family of children. 
John R. Evans was born in South AVales, and as a young married man 
emigrated to the United States, settling first at Irondale, Ohio, where he 
secured employment in the tin plate works, and in that city his children 
^'ere reared. In 1897 he came to Elwood, where he was employed for 
several years in the tin plate works, and since that time has worked for 
the Ames Shovel and Tool Company. He is a skilled mechanic, a 
thoroughly reliable workman, and possesses the confidence of his em- 
ployers and the respect of his follows. He and his wile are faithful 
tnembers of .the Baptist Church. Air. and Airs. Evans have four chil- 
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Defferon, of this city; Rachel, who became the wife of Harry Constance ' 

and resides at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Will G. ' ' \ 

_ Will G. Evans has been a resident of Elwood since his tenth year 
His early education was secured in the public schools, and he early 
decided upon the druggist's business as his life work. Accordingly he 
served his apprenticeship to this calling in Elwood, and foUowinc/" this 
entered the Indianapolis College of Pharmacy, from which he was gradu- 
ated m 1910. Returning to Elwood, he entered the employ of°0. D ; 
Hinshaw, and later was with Fred W. Green, and in September, 1912* ? 
embarked in business on his own account as the proprietor of his present ^ 
establishment, at Sixteenth and Main streets. Here he has an excellent ^ 
stock of drugs and druggists' sundries, toilet articles and such other * 
stock as IS carried in first-class pharmacies. He has built up a good 
busniess by applying himself assiduously to his work, and is now kn°own 
as one of the substantial business men of the city. : 
On October 12, 1910. Mr. Evans was married" to :\Iiss Vivian Sjgler ' 
daughter of Dr. D. and ilinerva (Pierce) Sigler. One daughter°has 
been born tothis union : IVIintrva Jane. :\Irs. Evans was born in Elwood, 
and has resided here all of her life, being a graduate of the Elwood 
High School. She is possessed of much artistic talent, and for a time 
was a student in the Art Institutt-. Chicago. Her parents have lived 
here for many years, and her fatiier is now the oldest physician in 
Elwood. ;Mr. and ^hs. Evans are members of the Baptist Church. He 
belongs to Quincy Lodge No. 230, F. & A. ^L, and Elwood Chapter, 
No. 109, R. A. M. His politics are those of the Republican party, but 
he has never cared for the struggles of the public arena. The pleasant 
family houie is located at No. 1126 S. Anderson St. I 

William P. Meyer. The modern pharmacist is a man of many call- 
ings, for his is a vocation that calls for knowledge of various other lines 
of endeavor. His is a learned profession, necessitating years of studv - 

in the sciences of pharmacy and chemistry, and his care and skill in 
preparing prescriptions are of the most vital importance, while it is 
doubtful if there are many other callings that ask such long hours of 
labor. For these and other reasons the druggist is generally numbered 
among the substantial men of his neighborhood, and to be the proprietor 
of a successful pharmacy is to have a position of prestige and one that 
can only be gained tlirough the medium of faithful endeavor and more 
than usual ability. One of the modern, up-to-date drug business-js of 
Madison county, is that of Green & Meyer, at Elwood, the junior partner 
being William P. :\Ieyer, who, although siill a young man. has made a 
place for himself in Elwood 's business circles. ^He was boi-n in Taren- 
tum, PeMnsyivania, July 6. 1890. and is a .son of Frank and Theresa 
^Wolf) Meyer. 

Tlie paternal grandfather of Mr. Meyer. Frank Meyer, was a native 
vt Germany, where he followed the tailor's trade, and there both he 
avd his wife, Theresa, died at advanced ages. They were the parents 
of three children : Frank, x\.nthoxny and Joseph. On the maternal side, 
]\[r. Meyer's grandfather was Joseph Wolf, who married Elizabeth 
Schmierheim, and both spent their entire lives in the Fatherland, where 
Mr. Wolf carried on agricultural pursuits. They had the following 
children: John. Fred, Elizabeth, .Mary and Theresa. . j 

Frank IMeyer. the father of William P. ^[eyer, was born in Dortmund ; 

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worker by trade, althougli he subsequently followed various other oeeu- 
pations. In 1887 he emigrated to the tJnited States, and first settled at 
Tarentum, Pennsylvania, where he followed his trade, but in 1898 came 
to Elwood, where he has since been employed as a steel worker. AVhile 
still a resident of Germany, he served in the regular army of his country. 
lie and his wife are consistent members of the Catholic church. They 
have had five children : John, residing at Jeanette, Pennsylvania ; Frank, 
who lives at Elwood: ^VilIiam P. ; -Mary, who makes her home at Elwood, 
titid one child who died in infancy. 

William P. ]Meyer attended the parochial school in Tarentuiii, Penn- 
sylvania, until he was eight years of age, at which time he accompanied 
his parents to Elwood, Indiana, where he finished his primary schooling 
and took a high school course. For a short time thereafter he was 
engaged in keeping books, but eventually became connected with the 
drug business as a clerk in Green's pliarmaey, where he remained three 
years. During this time he studied assiduously, and eventually entered 
the Indiauapolis College of Pharmacy, from which he was graduated a 
registered pharmacist. On October 5, 1911. he formed a partnership 
with his former employer, Mr. Green, and since that time ch.e firm style 
has Iteen Green & ]\Ieyer, with Mr. !Meyer as manager. The business of 
the store has shown a gratifying increase and much of this is due to the 
progressive ideas, improved methods and personal popularity of the 
junior member of the firm, who has been able to attract to the estab- 
lishment a new liue of trade. He is courteous and obliging, is thoroughly 
conversant with every detail of the business and with every piece of stock 
ill the store, and is familiar with his customers' needs and caters to them. 
The stock is new. fresh and well selected, and Mr. }>Ieyer lias been able 
to display it in a most advantageous manner. 

Mr. Meyer is a member of the Catholic church. His fraternal con- 
ueetions are with thi- Knights of Coliunbus and the Benevolent and 
Protective Order of Elks. His political procilivities make him a Demo- 
crat, but he has been too busy with the manag^jment of his ])usines5 affairs 
to think of entering the public arena. 

Hon. WiLiJAii G. Zerface. whost^ career as legist, jurist, business 
man and citizen ha> reflected honor upon himself and his com.munity, 
is v.-idely known to the legal profession throughout -dadison county, as 
v/ell as to realty men in this part of the state, where he has made his 
home for many years. He is a native of Indiana, having been born in 
Montgomery county. September 13. 1857, and is a sou of Martin and 
^lary Jat'e (Larew) Zerface. 

The Zerface family v.-^s founded in America by Philip Zerface. the 
paternal great-great-grandfather of Judge Zerfacr-. who came from 
England, although his people were originally from near Berlin. Ger- 
jnany. Jacob Zerface-. the great-grandfather of Judge Zerface, was born 
in trie Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, and from that place enlisted for 
j^'Tvice in the Colordal army daring the War of the Revolution. Adam 
Zerface, son of Jacob Zerface. was born in Virginia, from whence he 
moved at an early day to Ohio, and in 1839 moved to Indiana and th^^re 
spent the remainder of his life in farming. His v.dfe, who bore the 
maiden name of Elizabeth, died young, in 1810, having been the mother 
<jf the following children: George, Jacob, Macgaret. ^.lartiu. Philip. 
Silas. Sarah and Catherine. ?,Iartin Zerface. father of Judge Zerface, 
^vas born in Ohio, and was ten years of age when he accompanied his 



494 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

parents to Indiana in 1839. He grew to manhood in Montgomery 
county, and became a carpenter'by trade, but subsequently turned hili 
attention to farming in Wayne township, where he accumulated 2i0 
acres of land. There he reared his family, and his death occurred at 
Waynetown, in 1897, when he was sixty-nine years of age, while his 
widow survives him and resides at the old home pla^-e in town. Mr 
Zerface was married in Montgomery county, Indiana, to 2klarv Jane 
Larew, who was born in Indiana, daughter of Garrett and EUzabeth 
(Ricketts) Larew, the former a native of Scotland and the latter of this 
country. They were pioneers of Indiana and located Id AVa\-ne town- 
ship, jMoutgomery county, where Mr. Larew became eiigaged" in farm- 
ing and stock dealing. He died on the home place when just past middle 
life, while she died in advanced years. Their children were : Abraham. 
Nancy, Garrett, Esther and ^^Tary Jane. Mr. Larew served his country 
as a volunteer during the Blackha^v•k War. To Mr. and Mrs. Zerface 
there were born four children, namely: William G.; Jacob Andrew, 
who lives in ^Montgomery county ; John W., who is deceased ; and Rosa 
M., who became the wife of George Warfield, and resides in Montgomery 
county. 

William G. Zerface vras reared on his father's farm in rvloiitgomery 
county, it being his parents' intention to make an agric-ultut-ist^out of 
the lad, but the latter had other views as to what should be his lite work. 
After attending the district schools of AVayne township, he went through 
Ladoga College and the Northern Indiana Normal school, at Valparaiso, 
and for several years thereafter was employed as an educator. He next 
became a clerk in a mercantile establishment, and while so employed 
found an opportunity to study law, and in 1884 was admitted to the bar 
at CrawfordsviUe, where he began his practice as deputy prosecuting 
attorney in AVayne township, under John H. Burford. who "afterwards 
became judge of the Oklahoma Supreme bench. His health failing, after 
several years Judge Zerface came to Elwood, where he was again en- 
gaged in clerking for a .:ime, but eventually resumed his law practice, 
and in 1904 was elected Judge of the Elwood City Court, a capacity in 
which he served until January 1, 1910. During this time he established 
a reputation as a wise, conscientious and impartial judge, and was known 
as one of the most popular officials Elwood has ever had. On his retire- 
ment from the bench. Judge Zerface entered the real estate business, in 
which he is engaged at the present time. 

On October 9, ISSO, Judge Zerface was married to Miss Enun-i 
Lidster. who was born in ^NFontgomery county. Indii-.iia, daughter of 
William and Alelvina ( Goode) Lidster, the former a native of England 
and the latter of Ohio. There were eight children in the Lidster family, 
namely: Thomas, Mary, Henry. Anna. Cornelius, AramiuTa. Redden B 
and Emma. Judge and 'Mrs. Zerface became the parents of the follow- 
ing children: Princella, vvho married Johrt ^.lisner. of Elwood, and has 
four children, — Ruth. John, Lenora and Eugene ; Grover. a decorator of 
Elwood, who married Bessie Hawkins, and has one child, — Gertrude; 
James Lloyd, who married Dorothy Eckhoff, daughter of Clemens 
Eckhoff, a furniture manufacturer, who lives in St. Lords, Missouri; 
Martin F. is in the employ of the American Sheet and Tin Plate Com- 
pany, and also v^.a-ites fire insurance as a side line: Allen Walter is in 
the emplo}- of the G. I. Sellers Alamifacturing Company, and resides at 
Elwood; and Nellie and Maurice Philip reside with their father. The 
mother of these childi*en died June 10, 1902, aged forty-three years, in 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 495 

the faith of the Christian church. On December 15, 1910, Judge 
Zerface was married to Mrs. ]\Iyrtle (Mitchell) Perkins, daughter of 
John and Catherine (Shane) ^Mitchell, natives of Kentucky. Of the 
children born to J\Ir. and Mrs. Mitchell the following are now living: 
Myrtle; Sylvester; Gertrude, who married Charles Horton; Fiona, who 
is single; and Ferol. Mrs. Zerface was born in Shelby county, Indiana, 
and was married to Arthur Perkins, by whom she had one son : Henry B. 
Perkins. 

Judge Zerface is a valued member of the Improved Order of Red 
Men and the Independent Order of Foresters. Although a stalwart 
Democrat, he has never been an office seeker, and has served in public 
office only when he has been suggested, nominated and elected by his 
friends. Of these he has many throughout this part of the state, where 
he is known as an exemplary citizen, a loyal friend and a man upon 
whose record there is not the slightest stain or blemish. 

Patrick S. Bradley, general manager of the Home Storage and 
3Ia.nufacturiug Company, at Elwood, Indiana, an example of the self- 
made manhood of which this country is so justifiably proud, has been a 
resident of this city for nearly twenty years, during vdiich time he has 
firmly established a reputation as a capable man of afTaivs. He was 
born in Brooklyn, New York, ]\Iay 14, 185-4, and is a son of Arthur and 
Aiin (]\Iurnin) Bradley, nati\es of County Down, Ireland. 

The paternal grandparents of Mr. Bradley, Peter and Catherine 
(Burns) Bradley, were farming people of Ireland, who passed their 
entire lives on Erin's Isle, there attaining to ripe old age. They had a 
large family of children, among whom were Peter, Bernar.i^ Arthur, 
Felix and Catherine. The maternal grandfather of Mr. Bradley was 
Patrick ^Murnin, a farmer who was highly esteemed in his lioiue district 
in Ireland. He married Ann ]Murnin, and they both attained old age, 
being the parents of these children : Arthur, Bridget, Catherine, Ann, 
]\Iary, Lawrence. Patrick and John. Arthur Bradley, father of Patrick 
S., was reared and married in Ireland, and there folluwcd the trade of 
weaver until his emigration to America in 1852. The family settled first 
in Brooklyn, New York, but subsequently moved to Tro}-, New York, 
where he became a boss maltster. Subsequently the faraily moved to 
Cattaraugus county, New York, where ^dr. Bradley engaged in farming 
and luraberiug, and there his death occurred in 1872, when he was fifty- 
six years of age, while his wife passed away in February, 1912. at the 
age of eighty-three years. Both were consistent members of the Catholic 
Church. . Their seven children were : Patrick S. ; Maiy A., who became 
the wife of Joseph Biederman, of "Warren, Pennsylvania ; John S., living 
at Kane, Pennsylvania; Felix R.. of "VVarren; ^Margaret, who became the 
wife of "William Fitzpatrick, of Lima, West Virginia : Peter R.. who also 
lives at Lima; and Thomas, whose home is at Sistersville, West Virginia. 

Patrick S. Bradley was reared in Troy, Nev/ York, and the^? attended 
the parochial -schools. On completing his education he entered the 
employ of the Standard Oil Company, at Troy, and fol]ov»-ing fnis joined 
their forces at Bradford, Pennsylvania, whi^re he contin.ired to be 
employed for upwards of a quarter of a century. In 1S94 ^Ir. Bradley 
came to Elwood, and this has been his home until the present time. For 
seven years he was the proprietor of a saloon business, but sold out to 
become identified with the Home Storage and Manufacturing Company, 
of which he was president until January, 1913, and since that time has 



496 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

acted ill the capacity of general manager. This company, with which 
he has been identified since shortly after its inception, manufactur..'Sj 
ice and pop and does a coal and cold storage business, and a large force 
of men is kept busily occupied. Mr. Bradley has the executive ability 
necessary to the handling of the multitudinous affairs incident to sueli 
a j>osition, and has the thorough confidence of his associates and the 
respect and esteem of his men. He has been able to develop and extend 
the scope of the company's trade, and his dealings have been of a natui-e 
calculated to inspire confidence and good feeling. 

In October, 1890, ]Mr. Bradley was married to Miss Elizabeth Dorau, 
who was born near Louisville, Kentucky, dauglitt-r of Bryan and ^Nlary 
(Kav^anaugh) Doran, natives of Ireland who are both now deceased. 
There were five childi-en in the Doran family as follows : Mary. Larry, 
Elizabeth, James and Bryan. Mr. said ]\Irs. Bradley have iiad eleven 
children: Thomas. Bernard, ^Marguerite, Viola. Arthur, Edna and 
Genevieve, and four who died in childhood. ^Ir, and Mrs. Bradley are 
members of the Catholic church. Thev' live in their own home, which 
Mr. Bradley built in 1899, at No. 1003 S. Anderson street, and have 
many friends in that vicinity. He is a Democrat in hii political views, 
but takes only a good citizen's interest in public matters and has never 
souglit preferment of an official nature. 

Oharles H. Hlrrixg. The career of Charles H. Herring, of Elwood. 
furnishes an example of the truth of the fact that industry, perseverance 
and well-directed energj* invariably lead to success. Content to start 
business life in a humble capacity, and to work his "^va\- upward through 
merit, he finds himself today in an enviable position among the business 
men of this city, and his establishment, at No. 1528 Z\Iain street, where 
he carries a fall line of general house furnishings, receives its full share 
of patronage. ^Ir. Herring was born at New Albany. Floyd county. 
Indiana, June S. 1857, and is a son of John and ^lartha A. (Royse; 
Herring. 

The Herring family originated in Germany, from vrhence the pro- 
genitor of the name came to the United States and settled in Pennsyl- 
vania, where the paternal grandparents of Charles H. Herring spent 
their lives. The maternal gi-andfather, Henry H. Royse. was a native 
of Indiana, and lived at New Albany, where for years he v/as engaged 
• in a tinware and hardware business. He died at that place in his sixty- 
sixth year, the father of these children: John. AViiiiam, James T. 
Martha A., Louise, Mary and Roxanna. John Herring, tlie father of 
Charles H. 'Herring, was born at Chambersburg. Pennsylvania, and was 
there educated in the public schools and reared to manhood, learning tlif 
trade of tailor. As a journeyman, he removed lo New Albany, Indiana, 
at an early date, and subsequently removed to Illinois, about 1858. where 
his death occurred. Later she married again, her second husband being 
James 'SI. ^Moreland. of Rockville, and they had two children : James "^. 
and Chauncey R. Sir. and Sirs. Herring were failliful members of the 
Presbj'terian church. Charles H. Herring was their only child. 

Charles K. Herring resided in New Albany, Indiana, until he was 
seven years of age. at which time he moved with the family to Rockville. 
and there attended the public schools. On reaching the age of twenty 
years, he went to Indianapolis, where he secured employment in a fur- 
niture store, witji which he was connected for some twenty years, becom- 
ing thoroughly familiar with every detail of the business. He subse- 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 497 

quently came to Ehvoocl, where lie opened a house furnishing store for 
J. T. Royse, an establishment which he managed for five years, and then 
bought an interest in the business. Four years later he disposed of this 
interest to ]Mr. Royse, and with his brother, Chauncey R. Morlan, formed 
a partnership and opened a similar establishment. This association con- 
tinued for three years and ten months, when ]\Ir. Herring bought out 
Mr. Morlan 's interest, and since that time has successfully conducted the 
business alone. Mr. Herring's business operations have ever been hon- 
orable and straightforward, and his close application, perseverance and 
unabating energy have enabled him to work his way steadily upward to 
a place of atifluenee. He is loyal as a citizen, faithful in his friendships, 
and enjoys the warm regard of all with whom he has been brought into 
contact. 

On December 23, 1886, jNIr. Herring was united in mnrriage with 
^[rs. ^lavy A. Sullivan, widow of "William Sullivan, and daughter of 
Valentine and ^Martha (Adams) Harlan. Mr. and ^Irs. Herring have 
had no children, but by her former marriage, ]\Irs. Herring had a daugh- 
ter, Nellie Sullivan, who married Joseph ]\lahoney, and had two chil- 
dren, — Paul; and one who died at birth. Mrs^ Herring is a consistent 
member of the Christian church, where she has many friends. Her 
husband belongs to Quincv Lodge No. 230. F. & A. M., and Elwood 
Chapter No. 109, R. A. ^L, and Anderson Council No. 69, R. & S. ^I. ; 
to Elwood Lodge No. 368, B. P. 0. E., and to Seneca Tribe No. 113, 
I. 0. R. ^I. His political views make him a Republican, and he has been 
stanch in his support of the principles and candidates of his party, 
although he has never desired personal preferment. The pleasjuit family 
home is situated at No. 252S South A street. 

George AY. Kooxs. It has been the privilege of 'Sir. Koons to witness 
practically all the developments and growth of the remarkable industrial 
city of ]\Iadison county, Elwood. since he has lived in this vicinity for 
nearly thirty years, and his family represent the early settlei"S in this 
portion of Indiana, ^.h'. Koons has been identiiied with the Elwood 
postal service for a number of years and is now assiscant postmaster, 
and during his official term has clone much to improve and facilitate the 
mail service in this city. 

George W. Koons is a native of Grant county, where he was born 
February 19, 1S6S. His family were originally from North Carolina, 
the paternal grandparents, Alfred and IMary Koons, both being born 
there. Alfred Koons was a farmer by occupation, and his death occurred 
near Pendleton, Indiana. In his family were the follovviiig eliildren: 
Alfred. Samuel, Elijah, John, James. Rebecca, and Eli^a. 

The parents of Mr. George W. Koons v/ere Margaret (Black) Koons. 
His father, a native of North Carolina, was reared in the mountains of 
Tennessee, came from that state to southern Indiana when a young man, 
settling at Brookville, following farm labor and tending stock. He sub- 
sequently moved into Rush county, Vv^here he was married and where 
he worked at the carpenter's trade. From there he brought his faiuily 
to Grant county, buying a small far?2i in the woods, and clearing and 
improving it, and thus reaching a high degree of material prosperity. 
His next home was in Tipton county on another farm, and in the fall of 
1884 he came to Elwood and lived retired for some time. He then moved 
to a farm in Etuck Creek township, but after several years returned to 
Elwood, where his death occurred in 1009. at the venerable age of eighty- 



498 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

nine years. Ilis wife, who was a native of Indiana, was the dau-hter of 
. early settlers m Franklm county, and her father died in Mis'^ouri at a 

. good old age. In the Black family were the followinc^ r-hildrpii • Ben 
t^''}]' J^"^^^' Iliichel, Margaret, Elizabeth, Mary, Sallie, Lucinda ai.d 
Wmitred. The mother died in 1911 at the age of sevent\--six Bo^i' 
parents were members of the Christian church. The early bovhood days 
of George W. Ivoons were spent in Grant and Tipton countips and he 
arrived at manhood in Madison county. The district scliools near the home 
farm gave hnn his early educational advautages. and as he was about 
sixteen years of age when the family located in Elwood he attended the 
public schools of this city and completed his preDaration for practical 
work by study in the Indiana State Normal Sehoof at Terre Haute. His 
first regular vocation in life was as teacher, and during nine years h'^ 
made a record of efficiency and success in that calling. He subsequently 
took a clerkship in the Elwood postoffice, was then made a carrier in the 
city dehvery service, continuing in that capacitv for four and a half 
years, ancl m 1909 was advanced to the position of assistant postmaster 
and has since had much of the practical direction and responsib'ility of- 
this office. 

On the nineteenth of August, 1891, Mr. Koons married Miss Alice 
Gray._ daugliter of David H. and Ellen (Nutt) Grav. Mrs. Koons was 
born m Union county, Indiana, and her parents were^ also natives of this 
state and spent most of their lives on a farm just north of the city of 
Elwood. Her mother died there in November. 1912, at the age of 

■ seventy-six. Her father is still living. The three children in the°Gray 
family were Alice, Lorena and Dora. :Mr. and IMrs. Kocns have three 
children, whost- names are Howard S., Esther and Marcella. The family 
worship in the Presbyterian church at Elwood. and .Mr. Koons is aii 
elder in that society. He is affiliated with the Knie-hts of Pvthias and 
the Improved Order of Red Men and in politics is a Republican. A 
public spirited citizen, one who is ahvays ready to advance tlie best inter- 
ests of his home community, :\Ir. Koons is dving further public service 
as a member of the board of education. His home is at 2119 South A 
street. 

Charles L. Armington, M. D. Numbered among the able and hon- 
ored representatives of the medical profession in iladison county is Dr. 
Charles Lee Armington, who is a scion of one of the sterling pioneer 
families of the Hoosier state and who has attained to marked distinction 
in the profession that was dignified and honored by his father. Dr. 
Armington has been established in the practice of medicine and surgc^rv 
at Anderson, the thriving capital of Madison county, for nearly a quarter 
of a centuiy, has served as county coroner and held other positions of 
trust, and his hold upon popular confidence and esteem is on a paritv 
with his high professional attainments and sterling w-ortli of character. 

Of French and English lineage on the paternaf'side. Dr. Armington 
w-as born at Vevay, Switzerland county, Indiana, on the 23d of F^^bruarv. 
1847. and he is a son of Dr. .John L. and Eliza B. Lee) Arrainoton. tlie 
former of whom v/as born at Ballston Springs, Nev.- York, and the latter 
of whom was born in Pennsylvania, as was also her father. Col. Charles 
W._ Lee, wiio was a distinguished officer in the United States army, in 
which he was for some time a line officer of the Fifteenth Infantrv: 
lie held the r^nk of colonel at the time of his death, whicluoecurred when 
he was but thirty-four years of age, and it is worthv of special note that 



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he was a kinsinau of the distinguished officer of the Confederacy in the 
Civil war, General Robert E. Lee. 

Dr. John L. Armingtou was a son of Benjamin Armingtou, who 
was born in the state of Rhode Island and who was a carpenter and con- 
tractor by vocation. For a period of years Benjamin Armington main- 
tained his residence "at Ballston Springs, New York, whence he finally 
removed to Palmyra, that state, near which place he became the owner 
of a farm situated opposite to Bible Hill, a place so designated by reason 
of the fact that the hill was that on which Joseph Smith claimed to have 
found the Mormon bible, the "Book of Mormon." Upon this homestead 
farm, three miles distant from Palmyra, Benjamin Armington died at 
the venerable age of eighty years. 

Dr. John L. Armington, a man of exalted integrity of character and' 
of fine intellectuality, admirably fortified himself for the profession in 
which he achieved unqualified success and prestige. In 1839 he was 
graduated in the Louisville ^vledical College, at Louisville, Kentucky, 
and after receiving from this institution his degree of Doctor of Medicine 
he was engaged in the practice of his profession at Vevay, Indiana. In 
1848, he removed to Greensburg, the judicial center of Decatur county, 
where he continued in successful practice until 1&57, his wife, Mrs. 
Eliza B. (Lee) Armington, having there passed to the life eternal in the 
year 1849. Upon leaving Greensburg Dr. Armington removed with his 
family to ^linnesota and became one of the pioneer physicians and sur- 
geons of that state. He remained for a time at Hastings a,nd then re- 
moved to Goodhue county, v.-here he purchased a farm, near Cannon 
Falls, and where he continued in the practice of his profession, in con- 
nection with the development and improvement of his farm, until he 
responded to the call of higher duty and entered the service of the 
Union, the integrity of which was jeopardized by armed rebellion on 
the part of the southern states. He enlisted in the Second iIJ.unesot.-i 
Volunteer Iiifantry, of which he became assistant surgeon, and with 
which he saw arduous and varied service. He was with his comraand 
in numerous engagements, including those of Perryville, Crah Orebard 
and Murfrecsboro, and finally lie was appointed a member of the board 
of examining ph}'sicia}is for the xVrmy of the Cumberland, with assign- 
ment to duty with General Steadiuan's brigade. His service in this 
capacity had to do with the granting of discharges to soldiers. Later ne 
was appointed physician al: Hospital No. 1 at Gallatin, Tennessee, and 
finally he was transferred to the Aiiiiy of the AVest, in which he served 
as surgeon of the Second Cavalry, under General Polk, until the close 
of the war. At the battle of Perryville his servant was killed and his 
horse was shot beneath him. He lived up to the full tension of the great 
conflict for the preservation of the Union and his record in this con- 
nection gives lasting honor to his name and memory. After the close 
of the war he returned to his home in Minnesota and in 1896 he removed 
from his farm to Northville, that state, where he was engaged in tlie 
practice of his profession, as was he later at ]Minneapolis and ^Earshall. 
He passed the closing years of his long and useful life at ^Minneapolis, 
where he was summoned to eternal rest at the venerable age of eighty- 
seven years. He served as sia-geon of his post of the Grand Army of 
the Republic, was a Knights Templars ^Nlason and w^as prominently affil- 
iated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, as was he also with 
various professional associations. He was o)i.e of the founders of the 
State Medical Society of Indiaxia. Of the four children of Dr. John 



500 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

L. and Eliza B. (Lee) Armington the youngest and only survivor is he 
whose name initiates this review. 

Dr. Charles L. Armington was reared to the age of ten years in 
Indiana, to whose public schools he is indebted for his early educationai 
discipline, and he then accompanied his honored father to Minnesota, 
where he finally supplemented his academic education by a select coarse 
in the Minnesota Central University, at Hastings, Minn. In 1865 he 
was matriculated in the literary department of the celebrated University 
of Michigan, at Ann Arbor, and after a year of study in this depart- 
ment he devoted a similar period to following the curriculum of the law 
department. He then comi^plied vdth the wishes of his father, who 
^desired him to prepare for the medical profession. Accordingly in 1867, 
*he entered the medical department of the same univei-sity, where he con- 
tinued his technical studies for two years. He then returned to Min- 
nesota and was associated with his father iu the practice of medicine 
at Northville until 1871, Avhen he returned to his native state, having 
received appointment to the position of assistant pliysiciau in the Indiana 
Hospital for the Insane, at Indianapolis. After acceptably filling this 
position for three years he resigned and returned to ^vLinnesota. Tiiere 
he was engaged in general practice in the city of Minneapolis until 1876, 
when he came again to Indiana and established himself in practice in its 
capital city, Indianapolis, where he remained until 1879, when he can^e 
to ]\Iadison county and established his home and professional head- 
quarters at Chesterfield, where he gained unequivocal precedence and 
definite success. To fortify himself more fully for the work of his chosen 
calling he finally entered the Central College of Physicians and Surgeons, 

■ at iTidianapolis, and in this institution he was graduated in 1886, with 
the degree of Doctor of Medicine and as valedictorian of his class. 
Thereafter he continued in practice at Chesterfield until 1891, when he 
removed to the city of Anderson, where he has been engaged in success- 
ful general practice during the long intervening years and where h*^ 

• has gained precedence as one of the popular and essentially representative 
physicians and surgeons of this section of his lu-itive cominonv.'ealth. 
He has been indefatigable and self-abnegating in the work of relieving 
human suffering and distress and it may consistently be said that in his 
home county his circle of friends is coincident v.ith that of his acciuaiiit- 
ances. He v/as appointed county coroner to fill out the unexpired term 
of the late Dr. William Hunt and thereafter he was twice chosen the 
incumbent of this ofilee by popular election, as candiilate on the Deuio- 
eratic ticket. He has also served vfith marked earnestness and effective- 
ness as city physician and as physician to the Madison County Orphans' 
Home. The Doctor is an appreciative member of the Indiana State jled- 
ical Society, besides vrhich he holds membership in the American ^Medical 
Association. In the Masonic fraternity he is affiliated with Roper Com- 
mandery. Knights Templar, in the city of Indianapolis, and he also 
holds membership in the Benevolent & Protective Ox-der of Elks, the 
K]3ights of Pythias, and the Improved Order of Red ^len. As a citizen 
he is distinctively loyal and public-spirited and in politics he accords 
staunch allegiance to the Democratic party. Both he and his wife hold 
membership in the Christian eh.urch. and their attractive home, at the 
corner of Prospect street and Central avenue, is known for its generous 
and refined hospitality. 

In the year 1873, at Bloomingion. Illinois, was celeln-ated the mar- 
riage of Dr. Armington to Miss Emma Taffe, daughter of the late Hanni- 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 501 

bal Taffe, who was long a prominent and honored citizen of Indianapolis, 
Indiana. Of the three children of this union the eldest is Florence L., 
who is the wife of Dr. Samuel C. WiLsoii, a prominent physician of 
Anderson; Katherine E. is the wife of Wilbur C. Roush, of Anderson; 
and Dr. John C. is an able representative of the third generation of the 
family in the medical profession. He is engaged in successful practice 
in the city of Anderson and is well upholding the prestige of the honored 
name which he bears. 

Frank M. Greathouse. The leading clothing merchant of Elwood, 
Mr. Greathouse, became a resident of what was then a small town more 
than twenty-six years ago, and began his career as clerk in one of the 
local stores. He has advanced himself through his own ability and by 
persistent application of industry and good judgment and now enjoys 
a prosperous position second to none among the larger business men oi 
this city. 

P'rank M. Greathouse was born in Hillsboro, Ohio, August 16, 1859. 
a son of John and Carolina (Van AYinkle) Greathouse, both of whom 
were natives of Ohio. The paternal grandparents were Isaac and Cath- 
erine Greathouse, who were natives of Yirginia, and representatives of a 
pioneer family in the early days of the Ohio A'alley. The paternal 
grandparents became early settlers in Highland county, Ohio, where they 
died at a good old age, the foruier at the age of ninety-two. In their 
family were the following children: John, Thomas, Isaac, Addison, 
Mary J., Johanna and Julia. On the mother's side the grandparents 
of the Elwood business man were Daniel and Eve (Giddings) Van 
Winkle, who were early residents in Cincinnati, Ohio, and subsequently 
moved to Higliland county, Ohio. The grandfath'-'r was a farmer, and 
was also employed by the governiaent as a mail carrier. Ho died when 
well along in years, and in the large family of the Van Winkles were the 
following children: Alary A.j Lewis, William R. James aL, Carolina 
and Peter W. 

John Greathouse. the father, v,-as reared in Highland county, Ohio, 
and became a merchant and farmer. In Highland county he improved 
a farm and partly reared his family on that place. Subsequently he 
moved to Hamilton county, Indiana, in 1865, settling at Noblesville. 
where he continued his occupation as a farmer until 1870, at ^vhich date 
he took his family out west to Lincoln, Nebraska, where his death 
occurred, in 1872, and where his remains now rest. He was fifty-nine 
years of age at the time of his death. His widow brought her family 
back to Ohio, and settled near Nevf Vienna, where her death occurred in 
1878 at the age of seventy-one. She, as also her husband, was a m.ember 
of the ^lethodist faith. The father took an active part in politics and 
was an influential Republican. The four children in the family are 
named as follows: Lewis C, now deceased; Frank ]\[.. of Elwood: Mary 
S.. who died in parlv childhood: and John, who lives at Ncm- Yienna, 
Ohio. 

^Ir. Frank ^I. Greathouse spent his early boyhood days in Ohio, 
where he attained his early schooling, and in 1865 came to Indiana, and 
then in 1870 to Lincoln. Nebraska, and at the return of the family to 
Ohio, grew to manhood in that state. He was reared on a farm, had 
district school edai;ation. and SLibsequentiy attended town, schools for 
a time. His occupation n\) to the age of twenty-five was farming, and 
in 1886 he came to Elwood a young man vathont capital, and began his 



502 HISTORr OF MADISON COUNTY 

career as a clerk iu one of the stores in this then small town. In Uj[)-'> 
he opened his own stock of clothing, and since then has conducted a 
very prosperous business and now has a beautiful store, with a lai''^e 
stock of goods and Avith a patronage which is drawn from the best clr^s 
of custom in this city and ''/icinity. 

On May 9, 189] , he married ^liss Koxey Brown, daughter of Rudolph 
and Martha (Wiggins) Brown. ]\Irs. Greathouse was born in ^ladisoji 
county, and her father and mother were bolh natives of this state. Her 
father died in 1896 at the age of sixty-five and her mother died at the 
home of Mrs. Greathouse in Elwood. January 1, 1913, in the eifhtv- 
third year of her life. There was a large family of children, and the 
three now living are: Mrs. Frank Greathouse;' ]Mrs. George Dice of 
Tipton, and^ Frank Brown of Frankfort. Mr. Greathouse, among other 
evidences of his prosperity, owns some farming interests in Ohio. He 
is affiliated with Quincy Lodge No. 230, A. F. & A. :\I., and also with the 
order of Elks and the Maccabees. In politics he is a loyal Itepubiican. 

Fred B. Forxshell. Now editor and manager of the Elwood Call- 
Leader, ]\Ir. Fornshell is a young and enterprising nevv-spaper man. and 
has proved himself a worthy successor of his father in the work of build- 
ing up and conducting a first-class nev/spaper. He was born at Van 
Wert. Oliio, jlarch 14, 1885, and is the only son and child of Elmer E. 
■ and Emma (Conover) Fornshell. 

His father, who was reared and educated at Camden, Ohio, first 
learned the tinner's trade under his father, and followed that occupa- 
tion for twenty-five years. He then entered the field of journalism, 
being associated with the two leading Cincinnati papers for "a tirae, and 
also had experience in Toledo, as society and local editor for the Toledo 
Commercial. Thai: experieju^e as a newspaper man. in Toledo was en- 
. livened and made profitable by association vv-itli Brand Whitlock, the 
versatile journalist, writer, publicist ar^l present mayor of Toltfio. 

When gas was discovered at Elwood and this town began advancing 
as an industrial center, ^Ir. E. E. Forn.sheil came here in October. 1890. 
^while Daniel G. TJeid and Williani B. Leeds were organizing the Ameri- 
can Tin Plate Company, the only plan* of its kind in the United States 
at that time. These gentlemen iriduced Mr. Fornshell to establish a 
Repubiiean. newspaper in the town, svid. that was the beginning of the 
Elwood Leader. In 1895 it was consolidated with the Call and has since 
been known as tlie Elwood Call-Leader. He was the active manager of 
this paper for a number of years, until his appointment to the E1-;\"0(h1 
postofuce. and still retains a considerable share in the enterprise. 

I\Ir. E. E. Fornshell is a com.niunicsnt of the I"^niversalist faith, while 
his wife is a Presbyterian. His parents, the grandparents of Mr. Fred 
B., were Benjamin and Amanda (Bennett) Fornshell, the former still 
living ard engaged in the hardware business at Camden, Ohio. The 
paternal grandfather was a soldier in the Civil war. Of tae three chil- 
dren Elmer E. was the oldest and the others are Glenn B. and Effie. 

]Mr. Fred B. Fornshell was about six years of age when the family 
moved to Elwood. so that this city has been his home nearly all of his 
conscious experience. As a boy he attended the common schools, and 
after leaving the high school he entered the great plant of the American 
Tin Plate Company, this subsequently becoming a subsidiary of th-"^ 
• United States Steel Corporation. He Wiis a clerk in the tin plate plant 
for seven vears, and then entered the Call-Leader oixice at the time of 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 503 

his father's appointment as postmaster. He has since been connected 
with this paper, and as editor and manager and owner of a portion of the 
stock has given capable direction to the policy and the news value of 
the journal. 

On the 16th of September, 1908, Mr. Fornshell married j\Iiss Lola 
B. Callaway, daughter of John W. and Elizabeth (Cochran) Callaway. 
Mrs. Fornshell is a native of Elwood, where her parents were also born. 
.Mr. John "VV. Callaway is a banker, farmer and stockman and one of the 
best known residents in this portion of Madison county. The three chil- 
dren now living in the Callaway family are Arthur B., Charles A., and 
Lola B. Mrs. Fornshell is a member of the Christian church, while her 
husband is a Presbvterian. He is affiliated with Quincv Lodge No. 230 
A. F. & A. M. and with Elwood Lodge No. 368 of the Order of Elks. In 
politics he is a Republican. 

Elmer Ellsworth Fornshell. As postmaster of Elwood since 1905 
Mr. Fornshell has pcrform^ed a large amount of useful public service 
for his home city, and has managed the affairs of his office to the best 
advantage and convenience of the citizens. But the accomplishments 
for which he is best known and by which his name is most closely identi- 
fied with the city of Elwood were his enterprise in .establishing the 
Leader, and his subsequent connection with that and the combination 
paper now known as the Call-Leader. ^Mr. Fornshell has been in the 
newspaper business for many years and has a special record of success in 
establishing and putting newly organized papers upon a sound fiuyncial 
basis. He is also active in various business and financial organizations 
of Elwood. 

Elmer Ellsworth J'ornsheil was born at Camden, Ohio, July 2, 1861, 
a son of Benjamin and Amanda (Bennett) Fornshell. The family were 
originally from Pennsylvania where the paternal grandparents, Ben- 
jamin and Cecelia (Frye) Fornshell were both born. The paternal 
grandfather was by occupation a tin and copper smith, and during the 
years before the war ^vas one of the strong abolitionists in his com- 
munity. He died when ninety-two years of age. The children in his 
family v\-ere William. Thomas, Pomeroy, Benjamin, ^Matilda, and Belle. 
The maternal grandfather v^-as Fred Bennett, who married a Mis.s 
Sutton. The former v.-as a native of Indiana and the latter of Kentucky, 
and they were ariiong tlie early settlers of Lebanon, Indiana, '^vhere the 
maternal grandfather owned a large tract of land. He lived to be 
seventy and his wife sixty-two years of age. Their nine children were 
Nelson, Smith. John, Harvey, Amanda, Lucinda, Mary, Ann, and Eliza 
Bennett. 

Benjamin Fornshell, the father, was born at Camden, Ohio, while 
his wife was a native of near Lebanon, Indiana. Of their five children 
three are now living, namely : Elmer E., and Miss Effie and Glen, both of 
Camden, Ohio. The father, who was reared at Camden, followed the 
same occupation as his father, that of tin and copper smith, and made 
that the source of his prosperity for sixty years, all of this time being 
spent at Camden. His wife died on Thanksgiving Day of 1901 at the 
age of sixty-two. During the Civil war, he entered the Union service, 
and was in the ranks for more than a year., being a corporal in his 
company. The parents were both Lmiversalists in religious faitli. 

Mr. E. E. Fornshell spent his youth at Camden, where he was 
equipped for life by attendance in the public schools, and also learned 

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504 " HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

the tinning trade under the direction of his father. A mechanical trade, 
however, was not in the line of his best talents or inclinations, and in 
1881 he went to Cincinnati and became a reporter on the Cincinnati 
Gazette, and later with the Enquirer for a short time! With this expe- 
rience on a metropolitan journal, he went to Lima, where he establishtj 
a daily edition of the weekly Democrat, and soon afterwards to Vau 
"Wert, where he likewise brought out a daily edition for the Bulletin. 
His next enterprise in the field of journalism was at Toledo, where h.: 
spent a little more than a year on the staff of the Morning^ Commercial 
This brought him up to the days preceding the great tariff and sound 
money campaign of 1896, and for his thoroughly proved ability as a 
newspaper organizer he was sent into the Indiana Gas Belt to establish 
a paper for supporting the interests of Mr. McKinley. For that pur- 
pose he located at Elwood where the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Works and 
and the IMcBcth Lamp Chimney works had just been located. At that 
time also Daniel G. Keid and AV. B. Leeds were just beginning the erec- 
tion of the tin plate factory. In this nascent industrial community, :\Ir. 
Fornshell established the Leader, a weekly nev.-ypaper with which the 
Call was afterwards consolidated, under the present name of the Cnll- 
Leoder. He has since been connected with this prosperous journal, .-n..^ 
of the most influential newspapers in ?Jadison county. 

In politics I\'lr. Fornshell has been an influential Republican for_ a 
number of years. He rfpresented Madison county in the Indiana legis- 
lature in 18*^97. In 1905 he was elected to the office of mayor of Elwood. 
but after a short time in that office resigned in order to enterupon bi^ 
duties as postmaster, an office to which he had just been appointed aud 
which he has held now for eight years. Mr. Forn.shell is a stock holder 
in the First National Bank and the Citizens State Bank, and also in th"; 
Elwood Trust Company. Fraternally he is a popular member of the 
local lodge of Elks. His" wife belongs to the Presbyterian church.^ 

On the fifth of February, 1884, I\Ir. Fornshell married I^Iiss l:^!m'ia 
Conover at Yan Wert, Ohio, a daughter of David a;id Susan (Merrill) 
Conover. I^Irs. Fornshell was born at Greenville, Ohio, and her pi^.rents 
were natives of that state and for many years resided at GreenviUe, 
Yan AYert and at Dayton. Her father died in Yan Wert, and her mother 
in Tipton, Indiana. The three children in the Conover family v/ere 
Edwin, Charles and Emma. Mr. and .Mrs. FornslieU have one son. 
Fred B., associated in the newspaper business vcith his father. 

Bertan E. Sxeed. Any city would do well to have more of suoji 
progressive and public spirited merchants and citizens as "Mr. Snee<l, 
the druggist and pharmacist of Elwood. Mr. Sneed began his care-^r 
with little except his brains and energies, and having once got a fool- 
hold in the drug trade has continued his advantage from one position to 
another, until now for a number of years he has been an independeot 
and fairly successful business man. :Mr. Sneed rnprt-sentsthe young au*i 
aggressive element of Elwood's citizensirip, and the (Continued advance- 
nTent of the city rests upon the spirit of energy manifested by the group 
of citizens amontr whom h? is a prominent member. 

Bertan E. Sneed, thouch born in Breckenridge, Missouri, January 
27, 1874, represents an oUffamily of Indiana, and presents a somewhat 
unusual case of a man retursiing eastward to what may be regarded as Ins 
aricestral home. His paternal grandfather was Evan Sneed, who^wita 
bis wife was a native of Pennsylvania, was a Baptist preacher and OTic 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 505 

of the pioneers of his Jenoiuinatio]\ in Indiana. It is related that during 
some of liis early service in the ministry in this state lie carried a mus- 
l>-et to protect hira from the Indians. He was one of the old-fashioned 
itinerant preachers who rode horse-hack over the country, carrying a 
little supply of clothing and sometimes food, and his bible in the saddle- 
liaji's which were part of the inevitable equipment of the preacher and 
doctor in those days. He finally located at Xewbern, Indiana, in Bar- 
tholomew county, where his death occurred at the good old age of seventy- 
seven, lie had a family of children who were named, "William, Shad- 
rech, Samuel, Perry and CaUie. 

The parents of the Elwood druggist were Perry and Catherine 
( Wiley) Sneed, the former a native of Pennsylvania, and the latter of 
Kentucky. The mother was a daughter of John AViley, who married a 
^liss Wolf. He was a blacks.mith by trade and a preacher in the Tluiver- 
salist faith. The Wiley family vvere among the first settlers of Bar- 
tholomew county, locatiiig theie about 1S35 or 1836, near Hartsvilie, 
where John Wiley died in 187G. He was three times married and had 
twenty-one children by his three wives. Tlie father of 'Sir. Sneed was 
reared at Hartsvilie, Indiana, became a blacksmith and wagon maker, 
and for many years follov/ed that honorable mechanical occupation. His 
death occurred at Cowgill, ^Missouri, in 1SS6, when about forty years of 
aire. His wife passed away in 1876 at the age of twenty-nine. Their 
three children were ElYIe. deceased, who was the wife of 0. B. La-vson; 
Elzie C, of Greensburg, Indiana : and Bertan E. 

Mr. Sneed, who lost his parents when he v.^as a little more than a 
child, was j-eared chiefi>- hi Breekenridge, ^lissouri, Avhere he attended 
the public schools, and after graduating from the high school in 1800 
••utered the I\Iissouri Wesieyan College at Cameron, where he v;as one of 
the popular students four years. Leaving college he began his practical 
career as a clerk in a drug store at Brov.-ning. ^Missouri, and followed 
the same occupation at Kirksviile and Greto City. In 1893 he came to 
Indiana, and was located at Burney and at Osgood, being m.arvied dur- 
ing his residonrc at the latter place. In 1902 he can.ie to Elwood, v.liere 
he worked as pharmacist for five years. He was then in the drug business 
for himself at Odon, this state, for three years, and in October. 1910. re- 
turned to Eh^ood, where he continued iiis work as pharmacist until 
1912, at which time h^^ succeeded Dr. Saylor as proprietor of the leading 
drug establishment of Elwood. He keeps a fine store, placing special 
emphasis upon the con rpoun ding of pure drugs and careful presorip- 
tiotis, and also m.aintains a large stock of druggists' sundries. 

On April 11. 1900. :\Ir. Sneed married Miss Lottie ^.IcCallisttr, 
daughter of WTiliam and Adplaide ('Burroughs; McCallister. Mrs. 
i^need was born in Cincinnati. December 9. 1874. her paternal grand- 
father being William IMcCailis^er. -whose wife's maiden name was Yal- 
hmdingham. boch of them being nntives of Ohio. ]Mrs. Sneed 's mother 
died in her native state of Ohio in 1375, and her father nor/ lives in 
Elwood. The three children in the Mc(^alli.ster family were Horace, 
I-ottie, and one now deceased. ^.Ir. and ^Mrs. Sneed have a household of 
three children. Charlotte, Marcia, and Puth. ^Jrs. Sneed is a member 
of the Presbyterian church, and he is affiliated with the Osgood Lodge 
f>f ^lasons and the Knights of Pythias. In politi'"s he is one of the 
stanch Kcnublicans of Elwood. 



506 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

Elmer A. Guy. A prospering business man of Ehvood who has berii 
identified with this city for the past twenty years, Mr. Guy has two 
first class stores for the cigar, tobacco and confectionary trade, and hi.s 
business also includes a similar establishment in the town of Tipton. He 
carries on both wholesale and retail trade, and by progressive busine-i 
methods has placed himself in the front ranks of El\vood°busiuess leader^ 

Elmer A. Guy was born in Walton, Cass county, Indiana, July ij' 
1875. The family settled in Cass county during the pioneer period' 
The founder of the family in that section of Indiana was Alfred Guy 
the paternal grandfatlier, the maiden name of whose wife was Quinu 
This grandfather had been a soldier in the War of 1S12. subsequenflv 
came to Cass county when it was a wilderness and while the Indians 
were still in possession of much of the country, and located in the 
country ten miles southeast of Logansport. He went out from Indiana 
as a soldier in the Mexican war, and was captain of his company, during- 
that brief struggle with the southern Republic. His death occurred in 
Cass county, at the venerable age of eighty-seven years. His wife also 
attained old age. 

Their large family of children were named Andrew, William, Jo- 
seph, Milton, Lavina, Hattie, Charles, Edward, Emma. The patents of 
the Ehvood business man weie Jostrj)h "M. and Martlia (Fitzer) Guv 
both of whoju were born in Indiana. The father of Martha Fitzer 
was William Fitzer, he and his wife being natives of Ohio, and earlv 
settlers in Cass county, where they died at a good old ase. In their 
family were the following children: Mary, Sarah, Mefcina, Laura. 
Martha, Levi, Joshua, Henry, John, George and Jane Fitzer. Joseph M. 
Guy was reared about Logansport and was a farmer near that citv an.l 
spent nearly all his life there and reared his children. His home is new 
near Lewisburg, Ohio, on a farm, and he and bis wife are both members 
of the Christian church. The seven children in the family are named 
as follows: Elmer A. of Elwood; Lavora, wafe of Frank Itnight of Wal- 
ton, Indiana; Harry, of Walton; Jessie, of Lewisburg, Ohio: Bertha, 
wife of Claude Hammond of Logansport; Elta, wife of W. J. Beckner of 
Logansport; and AYiida, v.'ho is married and lives at Eaton. Ohio. 

Reared on his father's farm in Cass county, Elmer A. Guy durin? 
his boyhood attended the district schools, and completed his education 
in the Logansport High School and the Logansport business college. 
In 1803 he cam.e to Elwood, and became connected with Lhe retail cig'ar 
and tobacco trade. He subsequently enlarged his store to handle cigars, 
tobacco and confectionery as a jobbing business, and still combines thtse 
two departments of his business. He has two well stocked and well 
patronized stores in Elwood and one in Tipton. 

On September 13. 1898, Mr. Guy married Miss ^Maude E. Venard. 
daughter of Stephen and Mary (Phillips) Venard. Their one son is 
named Cecil S. Mrs. Guy was born at Walton and her parents were 
natives of Cass county. Her mother died when about thirty-five years 
of age. She was one of two children, her brother beijig named y\"arren. 
Mrs. Guy's maternal grandfather was James Phillips. Mrs. Guy is a 
member of the Presbyterian church of Elwood, and her husband is 
popular in the fraternal orders of the citv. He has affiliations with 
Quincy Lodge No. 230 F. & A. I\I. : Elwood Chapter, No. 109, R. A. :\r.. 
and is a member of ^.lurat Shrine, Indianapolis. He also belongs to the 
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, with Quincy Lodge No. 200. and has 
membership in Elwood Castle No. 166, Knights of Pythias, witli the 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 507 

Ehvood Lodge No. 368 of the Order of Elks, a)id with the Improved 
Order of Ked Men. In politics he is a Democrat and is a citizen who is 
always ready to use his influence and efforts to advance the welfare of 
Elwood. 

Baetlett H. Campbell. A senior member of the law firm of Camp- 
bell & Kidwell in Elwood, Mr. Campbell is head of the best known com- 
bination of legal talent in this city, and has been an active member of 
the Madison county bar for more than twenty years. During this long 
practice as a lawyer, he has become one of the conspicuous leaders in 
political affairs and has been prominent in the councils of his party in 
many capacities. Bartlett M. Campbell is a native of Madison county, 
born in Richland township, April 14,. 1862, and represents the best of 
citizenship and family stock through his forebears. The paternal 
grandparents were of Scotch stock, as the name Campbell would indi- 
cate, and they spent all their lives in England, where they died well 
advanced in years. There were four children in their family. The 
parents of the Elwood lawyer were John A. and ]\Iiriam B. (Troubridge) 
Campbell, the father a native of Huddersfield, England, and the mother 
of Ohio. The four children in their family are named as follows: Alfred 
E., of El Centro, California; Joseph B., of AVinona, Indiana: Bartlett 
H., of Elwood; and Imogene, wife of Charles Solomon of Anderson, 
where IMrs. Solomon is principal of the Washington school. 

John A. Campbell, the father, came to America when about seven- 
teen years of age and finally located in Biountsville, Henry county, 
Indiana, where he was married. While in that county he enltsted in 
Company K of the Thirty-Sixth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and though 
an adopted son of America gave three years of faithful and efficient 
service as a soldier for the preservation of the Union. He was Vv'ounded 
at the battle of Shiloh. After the war he began v-ork as a stationary 
engineer, being located first at Chesterfield and later at Anderson where 
he resided durin.g the rest of his years. He was killed in an accident at 
the Paston Planing Mill at Anderson on the first of September, 1S31. At 
that time he was about fifty-three years of age. He served as Justice of 
the peace of Anderson township for one terra and he and his wife were 
members of the Christian faith. His widow, who is now eighty-Sve years 
of age was a daughter of Joseph B. and Ruharaa Trowbridge, the former 
a native of Virginia. Joseph B. Trowbridge was a character %vhoso life 
«iud achievements have a proper place in Madioon eoiDiiy hisi<;ry. He 
w-as a preacher and disciple of Alexander Campbell, the founder of what 
is kno^vn as the Christian church, and himself became the founder of 
the church of this denomination at Anderson. He lived to be ■eighty-six 
years of age, while his wife attained the great age of ninety-six. Joseph 
B. Trowbridge was twice married. By his first wife he had three chil- 
dren, namely, John, Lorenzo, and Daniel. By his second wife tliere were 
the following nine children: Ann Maria; Miriam B.; David; Bartlett 
H., who died in the Civil war; Hannah Sparks of Muncie, Indiana; 
Laura; Joseph, of ^luncie ; Jasper, and James, twins. 

Bartlett H. Campbell was reared from early ehildliood m Ander- 
son, which city remained his home up to 1907, at which time be came to 
Elwood. As a boy he attended the grammar schools and was ^aduated 
from the Anderson high sr-hoo] in 1879. He then spent two yeai-s as a 
teacher in the district school, and followed the same vocation for three 
years in the Anderson Cifcv Schools. From the educational branch of 



508 HISTORY OF IMADISON COUNTY 

public service lie was appointed iu 1885 as assistant postmaster of -\n 
dersou, under John W. Pence. During his work as assistant postinasU-r" 
he pursued the study of law. He was iu the postoffice until NovemljL-r' 
1888, at which time he was appointed deputy sheriff under James Eteb! 
ison, and remained as deputy until 1892. Another early public servli^o 
was his election as a member of the school board during the period h.' 
was with the postoffice, and he continued a member of the board v/hil^ 
the first high school building was being erected iu Anderson. 

Early in 1892 Mr. Campbell v,'as admitted to the bar and in tJie 
same year was elected to the office of prosecuting attorney, serving' out 
term in that ofdce which has since been considered a prize among youn'" 
attorneys as the best possible training ground for later successful prac° 
tice. He continued after leaving the office of prosecuting attorney in 
private practice of lav/ at Anderson, and became a partner with Mr. 
Mark B. Turner, under the firm name of Turner & Campbell. This 
partnership continued until 1897 at which time Mr. Campl:ell entered 
the firm of Goody koontz and Ballard, his name being placed as the last 
partner in the nev.- title. After the death of Judge Goodykoontz in 1902 
the firm continued as Ballard & Campbell until 1901 at 'which time the 
partnership was dissolved. 

Mr. Campbt-ll then continued in practice alone. TVhen Mr. John L. 
Forkner was elected mayor of Anderson iti 1902, he appointed Mr. 
Campbell as city attorney, and he held that office for four years. 

In 1907 Mr. Campbell established his office iu Elwood, and has sinco 
enjoyed a splendid practice, from this city and vicinity. Since January 

1, 1910, he has served as city attorney. One of the Democratic leaders, 
he served as chairman of the Democratic county committee from 189S 
to 1900, vras a member of the Democratic State Central Committee from 
the eighth congressional district of 1900 to 1902, and was on the presi- 
dential electoral ticket iu the campaign of 1896. In 1912 Governor 
Marshall appointed him marshal for the eighth congressional district to 
collect and canv2ss the /otes for presidential elector. 

Mr. Campbell on July 7, 1SS3, married Miss Luella Wright, daughter 
.of James and Sarah (Hamilton) AVright. The seven children of their 
marriage are named Dale J., Lena, Edith, Colin. Ralph, James, and 
Marian. The son Dale J., is in the shoe business at Portland. Oregon, 
and by his marriage to Edith Dowling has two children, Maxine and 
James. Lena married George 0. Kennedy and they reside on a ranch 
near Anderson, California. ]^Ii5s Edith is a teacher in the Elwood public 
schools; Colin died in infancy; Ralph lives in Elwood, and by his wife 
Hazel Smith has one son Jack. The son James was killed in a railroad 
accident at Anderson, December 31, 1906, his death following on January 

2, 1907. [Marian is now ten years of age and attending school. Mi's. 
Campbell was born at Lawrenceburg. Indiana. Her parents, the fat?ier 
a native of Indiana, and the mother of Philad^dphia, died in Philadelphia 
when she was a small child and she was reared in the family of a ]Mr3. 
Fobes, best known in her community as Grandma Fobes. Mr. and Mrs. 
Campbell are both members of the Christian church and his fraternal 
affiliations connect him v.dth Mount Moriah Lodge No. 77 A. F. & A. Yi. 
at Anderson, with Elwood Lodge No. 368 of Benevolent and Protective; 
Order of Elks, and with Madison Council No. 334 of tlie Royal Arcanum 
at Anderson. 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 509 

Mark E. "Winings. The proprietor of the undertaking parlors at 
1610 Main Street in Elwood, jMr. Winnings is a young business man 
whose conscientious work in his profession has been much appreciated 
hi Elwood, where he has been a resident for the past ten years, and has 
enjoyed a progressive success in his business. He was born, reared and 
spent most of his life in Indiana, and iNIr. Winnings has enjoyed prob- 
ably a larger share of world travel than any of his contemporaries in 
business at Elwood, and his career has had many diversified and inter- 
esting experiences. 

He was born in Millville, Henry county, Indiana, April 22, 1S7S, 
a sou of Samuel and Mary A. Winings. The grandparents on his father's 
side were Joseph and Jane (Muliin) Winings, the former a native of 
Ohio and of Scotch stock, and the latter a native of Ireland. They 
became early settlers in Henry county, Indiana, where the grandfather 
was a farmer and where he lived to the age of sixty-five, while his wife 
was seveiitj'-two years of age at tlie time of her death. Their sLx chil- 
dren Avere Samuel, AVilliam, AYilson, Thomas, Lemuel, Alonzo, and 
Pearl. On the mother's side the grandfather was ?Iicajah Forkner, who 
married an Allen. He was born in North Carolina, while his wife u'as 
a native of Wayne county, Indiana. Mieajah Forkner v/as a long estab- 
lished merchant at ^nUville, and for many years in partnership with his 
son-in-law, Samuel Winings. His death occurred at j^.Iillvilie in 1880, 
when he was well advanced in life. The children in this branch of the 
Forkner family were Granville, William, ]\Iary A., Mark E., Benton and 
John L. 

Samuel Winings, the father, v;as born in Ohio, while his vnJe was a 
native of Henry county, this state. The former was brought to Henry 
county at an early age, was reared on r. farm five miles east of Newcastle, 
attended school at Dublin, and had taken up the study oi medicine when 
the war came on, and he then enlisted in Company C. of the Thirty- 
Sixth Indiana Infantry, under General Wm. Gross. That regiment was 
a purely Henry county organization. He was in seiwioe for tiiree years 
and at the close of the war engaged, in the mercantile business at ilill- 
ville, where he continued for a number of years. He was also for a 
time in the grain business at Ashland, and was still active in that line of 
trade at the time of his death. He died December 11, 1886, at the age 
of forty-nine years. During several years he had been in the Federal 
service as an internal revenue collector. The widow still survives and 
now makes her home at New Castle. Both were active members of the 
Christian church and for a number of years were members of the old 
Flat Rock cougrt-gation of this church. Tlie children in the fsu^ily were 
six in number and named as foUoAvs: Arletha, wife of John A. Geisler, 
of Hagerstown, Indiana; Josie, wife of Harry Kos of Columbus, Ohio; 
Horace Greeley of Indianapolis,; Walter A., of Newcastle; Arthur M., 
of Montpelier, Indiana, and Mark E., of Elwood. 

Mr. Mark E. Yv^inings spent his early boyhood at Ashland and New- 
castle, Indiana, attaining most of his education in the grammar and 
high schools of Nev/castle. His first practical experience in business life 
was in the employ of IMr. AY. A. T^^x in the undertakijig business. This 
period of preparation was interrupted by the outbi-eak of the Spanish- 
American war in 1898, at which time he enlisted in Company G of the 
One Hundred and Sixty-First Indiana Volunteers, and during his ten 
months service spent three raoiiths in Cuba. He was a private throughout 
his service. After the war he returned to Newcastle, and again resumed 



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his work with Mr. Fox. On June 1, 1900, he was appointed government 
embalmer of the United States Transport McClellan. The McClellan 
v/as the boat which carried the senatorial investigating party to the * 

Philippine Islands, towards the close of President McKinlej-'s admin is- \ 

tration. The trip was begun at New York and after seventy-two days l 

en route, the McClellan arrived in the Philippines having voyaged twelve 5 

thousand and eighty miles. It was on the arrival at ^Manila 'that the first * 

news was given them of the assassination of President McKinley, their 
information coming from Governor-General Taft. who was then at the 
head of the Philippine government. The party spent some three or four 
months in the Philippine islands, visiting and inspecting all the islands 
and the principal centers. The McClellan then returned to Nev\- York \ 

where it arrived on December 23, 1901, and remained until February 
22, 1902. Mr. AYinings continued with the service u^hen this boat again 
started for the Philippines, this time carrying a passenger list chiefly 
made up of two hundred aiid fifty school teachers bourid for the Philip- 
pine service. The McClellan reached Manila after a voyage of sixty- 
five days, and was for some time engaged in transportation between the 
Islands. It was finally sent to Hong-Kong, China, \\'hefe the ship was 
dry-docked and overhauled, and during that time ^vFr. Winings visited 
all the important cities of China by rail. With his ship he returned to 
Manila and thence to New York v/ith a number of soldiers, arriving there 
in December, 1902. I 

Returning to New Castle in the spring of 1903, he remained there a 
few months, and on October 11, 1903, located at El wood. Here he was 
in the employ of ]\Ir. F. E. Kramer in the undertaking business, and the 
following year bought a half interest in the establishment. Then in 
1905 he became sole proprietor, and has conducted the business on sub- 
stantial and successful lines ever since. He ovrns the building in which 
his business is conducted and makes that iiis residence. | 

On October 18, 1905, he married Miss Ortha C. Bolt, a daughtn'r of I 

Lincoln and Anna (Young) Bolt. Mrs. Winings was born in Clinton . 

county, Indiana, where her parents were also natives, and where they 
still reside. She has one ])rother, Carl. The two children of Mx. and 
Mrs. Winings are Carl and Miles. Fraternallv he is aftiiliatcd with 
Quincy Lodge No. 230 A. F. & A. M. Eiwood Chapter,. R. A. M. ; 
Tipton Comaiandery K. T. ; and also has membership relations with the 
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Order of Elks, the Improved 
Order of Red ]Men, the Knights of Pythias, and the Sous of Veterans. In 
politics he is Republican. 

Honorable John LaRue Forkner. As a volume of biography on 
Madison county A\'ould hardly be complete without the name of John L. 
Forkner, who as supervising editor of the present history is nattirally 
modest concerning his own life record, the publishers take upon them- 
selves the responsibility for the preparation and publication of the fol- 
lowing sketch of a man who has been knoivn in ^Madison county for nearly 
fifty years, and in many important relations with the business and civic 
life of his home city of Anderson and the county of ^Niadison. 

John LaRue Forkner was born near the village of ]MiUvillo, in Liberty 
township, Henry county, Indiana, January 20, 1814. His grandfather, 
Isaac Forkner, born in North Carolina in 1775, settled during the early 
twenties in Indiana, at Center ville, Wa,yne county, from there moving to 
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HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 511 

in the War of 1812, having entered the service from his native state. 
ilieajali Forkner, father of the Anderson citizen, was born in Virginia, 
in 1812, and was a young boy when the family moved to Indiana. Mica- 
jah Forkner married Elizabeth Allen, a daughter of Hugh and j\Iary 
(Brooks) Allen, natives of Kentucky. She was born in 1811 and died 
in 1849. Micajah Forkner, who for many years was a merchant and 
farmer, died August 11, 1879, at the age of sixty-seven. 

John L. Forkner was reared on a farm, attended the district schools 
until 1856, when his parents went to ^Millville he alternated between 
\'illage school and clerking in his father's store. In 1862, at the age of 
eighteen, he started out to light the battle of life for himself. In the 
general store of Lontz Brother.^ at Hagerstown, Indiana, he was em- 
ployed as a clerk until the spring of 1863, when he found a similar em- 
ployment in the store of Honorable Lafe Develin in Cambridge City. 
In December, 1861, he went to Tipton, Indiana, to represent the interest 
of an older brotlier in the mercantile establishment of Forkner & Allen, 
and remained there until Febi'uary, 1866. The latter date marked his 
location at Anderson, where he has had his home and chief interests 
ever since. 

Mr. Forkner soon after locating at Anderson, where he first worked 
as a salesman in different stores, became interested in local politics, and 
in 1868, was the successful candidate on the Democratic ticket for the 
office of city clerk. He was re-elected in 1870, and served three years. 
During the same time he w as also deputy clerk of the Madison county 
courts, under Hon. A\"illiam C. Fleming, and under T. J. Fleming, until 
the fall of 1872. When, in the latter year, AD-ert J. Ross, was elected 
sheriff, John L. Forkner became his offi.ee deputy, and tilled that place 
for two years. In 1872 he was local editor and busine^^s manager of the 
Anderson Democrat in addition to his duties as deputy stieriff and 
has been more or less connected with the Madison county press for the 
pist forty years as a contributor to the newspapers. In 1871 he was 
nominated on the Democratic ticket, and elected county auditor, and as 
his popularity showed n(j signs of abatejnent, he was re-elected in 1878, 

During his last ttrm as auditor, ]Mr. Forkner purchased a tliird 
interest in the Exchange Bank of Anderson, and wlien he left oflice in 
1883 he took up the duties of presideiit of the bunk. In 1892 the bank 
was reorganized and made a nation.-d institution under the name of the 
National ^Exchange Bank, in which he became cashier and remained 
in that position until 1912 ^vlien he retired, a period of twenty 3'oars, 
and accepted the position of secretary and treasurer of the Pennsyl- 
vania Glass Conipanv, having been a stockholder in that company since 
1891. 

The early political honors already nientioned by no means exhaust 
the services of l^lv. Forkner in a public capacity. In 1881 he was chair- 
man of the County Democratic Central Committee, and his local leader- 
ship largelj' contributed to the signal victory- gained by his party for 
Grover Cleveland, and for the state and county tickets in the campaign 
of that year. In 1891 he was elected to the city council as a Democrat 
from the Second Ward, overcoming a large normal majority on the othor 
side. While a city councilman he took an active part in securing for 
Anderson an electric light and sewerage system, and also the construc- 
tion of many miles of ])rick-paved streets. He was elected mayor of the 
city of Anderson in 1902, and again in 1904. serving two terms. 

He takes pride in the fact that during his incumbency the Electric 



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Light plant and the waterworks systems were rebuilt and enlarged and 
a filtering plant built that gives Anderson pure water and ample fir.; 
protection. These utilities are not only the pride of Anderson, but art; 
patterns for other cities to follow and are large money earners for the 
city. ■ I 

Credit must also be extended to Mt. Forkner for his liberal assistance 
in co-operation with other men of enterprise in taking advantage of the 
situation created by the discovery of natural gas and directing these 
resources to the upbuilding of a great industrial and commercial center 
at Anderson. He was a member of the board of trade at the time of the 
discovery of natural gas, and contributed liberally of both time and 
money in locating industries and otherwise improving the city, which up 
to that time had been only a small country and county seat metropolis. 
JMr, Forkner was one of the incorporators of the Citizens Natural Gas 
Company, and for five years was its president. He was among the 
original organi/ers of the Anderson [ron & Bolt Company, an important 
local industry which long held the distinction of being the only manu- 
facturing plant in Andersoj], wliose stockholders were entirely home 
capitalists. This plant was sold to L. S. Taylor ajid otheis, and removed 
to Louisville, Kentucky. 

In the formative days of the Union Traction Company of IndiaTia, 
j\Ir. Forkner was one of the men vvho helped to lay the foundation for 
the present system. He v;as associated iu 1897 vvith Hon.' Charles 
Henry; J. A. Van Nosdal and Ellis C. Carpenter of Anderson, and 
Phillip iMatter of Marion, Indiana, in the organi/ation of the Union 
Traction Company, and the construction of its electric line between 
Anderson and Sumniitville, and also in the constraction of other links 
in the system. ]Mr. Forkner was treasurer of the company from its 
organization until it consolidated with ]\Ianon and 2duneie lines. 

In 1892 Governor Matthews appointed John L. Forkner a trustee of 
the Northern Asylum for the Insane at Logansport, and during the three 
years of his service he was president of the board for two years. From 
the time he east his first vote, Mr. Forkner has ahvays been a Democrat, 
and in his home county and district has probably done as much as any 
other man to promote the success of the party. 

In March, 1S73, ilr. Forkner married itiss Anna B. Hernly of New 
Castle, Indiana. At her death in 1S76 she left one child, Emma Neff 
Forkner. She married Lee C. Newsom, -who during the Spanish- 
Americari war was sergeant of Company L in the One Hundred and 
Sixtieth Indiana regiment. In 1S7S Mr. Forkner married ]\liss ^Mary 
Carson IVatson, of ATiderson, whose father, David H. TVatson, was a 
soldier in the I\[exican war and at one time sherifT of the county. The 
two childreri of his second marriage were: Wade Hampton Forkner. 
who died in lbS2 at the age of four years: and Nellie Grant Forkner. 
who married ^Ir. Frank I. Eemy of Anderson, who yet resides in the 
city of her birth. 

'Mr. Forkner is a Knight Templar ]Mason and a member of the Elks. 
and has other fraternal affdiatiojis. In religion he holds to no particular 
creed, and bestows charity, without ostentation. 

While few citizens of Madison county have been more actively im- 
mersed in the current activities, Mr. Forkner has also taken great 
pleasure and interest in the things of the past. In connection with 
honorable Byron H. Dyson, in 1S97, he published "Historical Sketches 
and Reminiscences of Madison County," a book of one thousand pages, 



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devoted to local history and events from the organization of the county 
to the present time. Tliis book has since been one of the standard 
sources of information concerning Madison county, and has received 
many tributes and compliments from the citizens of the county, and also 
many flattering press notices over the state. ^Ir. Forkner has always 
had a high regard and admiration for the ■"old-timers,'' and it was this 
admiration which prompted him to engage in the task of writing his 
book. He delights in the old songs, the old stories of long ago, and has 
for a number of years held the post of president of the Olcl Settlers 
Association in ^Madison county. In his private collection he probably 
has more essential data concerning the history of Madison county than 
any other resident. For a long time he has kept a faithful record of the 
important events of the county, particularly of the death of the old 
settlers, and his chronological tables have from time to time been pub- 
dished in the local press. Mr. Forkner on every hand is justly regarded 
as the county historian of ^Madison count\-. Thougli he had )iot held an 
editor's chair for a number of years he lias done much vrriting for the 
local press on a great variety of subjects. John L. Forkner stands at 
the present time in ^Madison county as one of its ablest and most honor- 
able business men, is a citizen of eminent public spirit, and v.dth personal 
success has also given many ret'irns in the form of public service to the 
city and county with which he has bee}i identitied by residence for so 
many years. 

George W. Showeks. Now filling the office of justice of the peace 
in Anderson, j\Ir. Showei's has been identified by residerice and business 
with Anderson and with ^ladisou county for more than twenty years. 
In business affairs he is best known as a building contcactor, and has 
done much substantial work as evidence of his ability in this line. 

George "\Y. Showers was born in Lebanon countv', Pennsylvania, 
December 25, 1847, a son of John H. and Maria (Ilicks^ Showers. In 
1856, when George was nine years old, the family moved from Pennsyl- 
vania to Henry county, Indiana, locating at a little place known as 
Mechanicsburg, Henry county, Indiana. The father was by trade a 
brick moulder and shoe maker and, besides his work for his family and 
immediate community, deserves an honored memory as a soldier of the 
Union. In 1862 he enlisted in Company E of the Eighth Indiana 
Infantry, and served under General Grisnt in th.e siege of Vicksburg. 
He died oh August 16. 1863. He was taken sick at Vicksburg and died 
at Jefferson Barracks Hospital, in St. Louis. 

George W. Showers was reared and educated in Henry county, 
attending the grammar and high schools. During boyhood days he 
assisted his father. At the age of nineteen he became a worker for wages 
on a farm, but in the following year began learning the carpenter's 
trade. He followed his vocation with success in other parts of the state, 
and in 1890 located in Anderson. From an individual carpenter he 
developed a business as a contractor, and since that time man\' of the 
stores, shops, churches and school houses in Anderson and vicinity have 
been erected under his management and contracting. He has a reputa- 
tion for reliable performance of all his contracts, and is a very skillful 
and thoroughly versed m<^^chanie. 

On June 8, 1871, Zslc. Showers married I\riss Lucinda A. Harter. a 
daughter of David ITarter. Their marriage has been blessed vvith eight 
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514 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

Anderson. Mr. Showers was elected justice of the peace for the full 
erm of four years m 1910. He dispen....s justice with'^au L part al and 

- ir 1 ' i ' ^^«r ^? ^'T°^^ '^'''^' "^'^'"'^y to his -present office. Fra 
ternally he is afhliated with the Improved Order of Red .Men the Unit?H 

^''r^'t^ ?li'' 2? ^'f'^'' ^''^ '' ^ ^^^^^"^^^ ^^^^^^^- He s a Demo rat 

' to 18^o' Ir ""^v'-'' '""^'.'^ '"^ ^''''' ^^ ^I^"^>' county iroarilse 
to 1890. His religious afiiliations are with the Christian chm-ch His 

ASson ^^"^^o^table home is at 75 Bismarck street, in North 

Ransom Broxxxenbeeg. After a long period spent in agripultu-al 
pursuits, Rcinsom Bronnenberg, of Anderson township, is now activplv 
engaged m farming, enjoying the fruits of his years of industrious toif 
He has spent his entire life within the limits of Madison county, where 
he has borne no small part m the wonderful development that has msdl 

t^!T f ^?-^'';^'^ '?"'? °^^ ^^\' ^'''^''' state, and the success tha 
has attended his cftorts is sliown in the ownership of a handsome farm 
ot .70 acres located on the oid State road. Mr. IBronnenber- was born 
on a farm, Augiust 1, 1818, and is a son of Frederick and HuTda (Free? 
i^rounenberg. His lather was one of the earliest settlers of this Dar.^ of 
the county, coming here from Preble county, Ohio, iu 1821 and lipr- h- 
spent his entire suDsequent career, being engaged in fanning amfth^ 
raiding of stock Mr. Bronnenberg was a well educated man, rose to a 
high place in the esteem of his fellow-citizens, and made a Watifvin- 
sucj3ess or all ot iiis ventures. He and his wife ha<l a famih° of s^ven 
children, of whom tnree are now living, namely: Ransom, Susan and 
\_'ai\ m. 

Ransom Bronnenberg received his education in the Chestaut Grov- 
schoolliouse, this oeing supplemented by study under the tutoraoe of 
ms tatlier. As was tne custom with farmers' sons of his dav, he divided 
ms boyhooQ between the school room in iLe winter montiis and the farm 
during the remaiiuler of the year, thus improving ids mind at the same 
time that ne was thoroughly trained in ?he principles of farming. He 
continued to remain on the homestead up to two years ago, and from 
time to time nas added to its acreage, uatil it is now one of the most 
valuable m Union township. .Air. Bronsenberg continues "to direct the 
operations on his land, contributing his long experience to the enthu- 
siasm and energy of his sons, who are carrying on the work. In busin-^s 
circles he is Known as a man of shrewdness, fortsiglit and acumen, one 
who IS capable of recognizing an opportunity and readv to grasp it and 
to follow It up to successful termination, but he has been strictlv honor, 
able m all iiis dealings and has never taken advantage of the misfortunps 
■ot others. For some years he was engaged in the raising of stock, and 
he has never lost his fondnes. for fast horses, being at the present time 
tile owner Ol a numoer of valuable animals i 

On October 30, 1869 Mr. Bronnenberg was married in Anderson 
township to Miss Sarah Seward, daughter of Irvin and Charlotte 1 

(Harper) Seward, who came to :\[adison county from Rush county I 

Indiana. ;mx children have been born to this union, namelv: Joseph' < 

who is assisting his father; Minnie, who loarriod a Mv. Isonagel and has 
four children,— \elma, Helen, Robert and Evelvu: Frederick who m?- 
neu a .Atiss Steward, and hns two children,— Melville and Arnold; 
\,esley, wno lives with his parents; Sherman, in Kansas; and Ernest, 
who also lives at home with his parents. The famil.v stands high in the 




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€Steem of the commimity and its members are widely kno^vn iu the 
vicinity where they have resided for so many years. Mr. Bronnen- 
berg is a Spiritualist. He is a Republican in politics and was elected 
trustee of his township in 18S4 for two years. He is also a member of 
the I. O. 0. F. at Chesterfield. 

Joseph R. Cain was long numbered among the honored merchants 
of Anderson and as one who saw service in all the gi-ades of its indus- 
trial activity. He began his business connection here during the Civil 
war, and at the close of his long and useful life he enjoyed the quiet 
fruits of his previous industrj*- and good management. 

Joseph R. Cain, who for more than half a century was a resident of 
Anderson, was born in Clinton county, Ohio, near the Butler county 
line, August 12, 1831. He belonged to an old family with a distinctive 
military record. His grandfather was John Cain, vv'ho was born in one 
of the Carolinas in 1760, and when seventeen years of age he enlisted 
in the Patriot army of the colonists as a soldier against the aggressions 
of the mother county. His son, John H. Cain, the father of Joseph R., 
was born in South Carolina, became a tanner by trade, vv'hich business 
he followed for many years, and later in life moved to Indiana and located 
in AVayne county. The maiden name of his wife was Katherine Richards, 
and they had two children, Joseph R. and AYilliam. 

Joseph R. Cain obtained his early education in the village schools 
and afterward attended the Wayne county academy, also spending- one 
term as a student in the Newcastle Academy of Henry county, Indiana. 
His career from the time he left school until his retirement a lew years 
before his death was almost entirely devoted to his mercantile enterprise. 
He earned his first money as a clerk in a dry ;30ods store in the town of 
Economy, in "Wajaie county, and during his three years there laid a 
solid foundation for his subsequent busin.ess career. Going to IndiaTi- 
apolis, he became a clerk for the "W. S. T. ]\Lorton & Coffin Dry Goods 
Company, and while in their store was engaged to go to Anderson and 
take charge of the new branch of the establisli?nent opened iu this city. 
It was in this way that he became a resident of Anderson, and he never 
left the city during the subsec^uent fifty years of his life. In partner- 
ship with T. N. Stillwell, he engaged in busines under the name of the 
New York Store, its stock consisting of dry goods, clothing, boots and 
shoes. This store was continued until 1870, and dui-ing that time tlie 
partners built a business block on T^lain street, at a cost of .$15,000, one 
of the conspicuous landmarks in the business district of the time. The 
stock of the old store was then moved into the new building, and the 
business was conducted with ever increasing prosperity for a number 
of years. But finally ]\Ir. Cain sold his interest to "W. S. T. Morton Sc 
Company, and then for some time was connected wdth the establishment 
of Murphy- Johnston & Company, in what was known as the Indianapolis 
Wholesale Dry Goods Store. After retiring from his active careei' as a 
merchant Mr. Cain invested in two excellent farms, comprising iu all 
two hundred and thirty-seven acres of land, and both are well improved 
and situated in ]Madison county. The passing away of this honored and 
well known citizen of Andei-son occurred in April, 1913. at his home at 
917 West Sixth street, where his family have their residence. 

In 1867 he was m.arried to !\Iiss Anna Nye, of Richmond, Indiana. 
She died four years later, leaving tv/o children, one of whom is also 
deceased and the other, Winifred, is at home. In January, 1876, Mr. 



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Cain niarried ^Mrs. Cassandra ^Mitchell, who was bom in Indiana, a daugU- 
ter of William Lou'es. Mr. Cain had fraternal relations with Andf^rsoii 
Lodge, No. 131, I. 0. 0. F. 

George W. Hupp. Now retired after a long and successful career, 
Mr. Hupp represents the earlier business activities of what is now tlie 
city of Elwood. He became a merchant in the center of ^Madison county 
fifty years ago, when the place was known as Quincy and was only a 
small rural trading point. Twenty-five years passed before the dis- 
covery of natural gas and the consequent boom which raised this town 
to the rank of one of the leading industrial centers of eastern Indiana. 
Through all this time Mr. Hupp was actively identified with the mer- 
cantile enterprise and continued a business man for some ten or fifteen 
years afterwards. His has been an honorable, active and prosperous 
career, and few citizens of ^ladison county so well deserve recognition 
for their achievements as ]\Ir. George AV. Hupp. 

Born in Shenandoah county, Virginia, near Newmarket, Decemi:;er 3, 
1834, jNIr. PIupp is novv^ approaching his eightieth year, and in his own 
long life is typical of the hardy and long-lived stock wJii<-h has been 
characteristic of h.is family on both sides for generations. The family 
belong to the thrifty German stock which settled in Virginia during the 
eighteenth century. The paternal grandfather of George W. Hupp 
was Balsar Hupp, who was a farmer by occupation and spent his lite 
in Shenandoah county. On the mother's side the graii'l father ^\'as Jc'cob 
Kipps, the original spelling of which name vras Gipps. The day of his 
funeral was the day set apart for him to make out his pension papers 
as a Mexican war veteran. His wife was Elizabeth (Virkle) Kipps. 
Both were of German descent and natives of Virginia, and he followed 
the occupation of farmer. The youngest sister of George "W. Hupp now 
resides on the old Kipps farm in Shenandoah county, Virginia. Jacob 
Kipps and his oldest son were soldiers in the war of 1812. All his 
brothers and sisters, except two, preceded him to the grave, a.nd he 
attained the age of more tlian four-score years. There were nine children 
in the Kipps family. 

Samuel D. and ^Mary (Kipps) Happ, the parents of George W.. were 
born in Virginia, and their eleven children were as follows: Sallie, who 
died at the age of eighty-eight, and was the wife of Mr. Knupp ; Joseph, 
who lives near Newmarket at the age of eighty-four; Aadrew, deceased; 
Elizabeth, deceased, who was the wife of Mr. Schaefer; George V". of 
Elwood ; Harry, whose death Vv as the first to break the home circle ; 
Samuel, deceased; Catherine, who is single and resides near ^Mouut 
Jackson, Virginia; ^Michael, who also lives near Mount Jackson; Jacob, 
who lives on the old home farm near Newmarket, and ilary. v/ife of 
William dinger, a resident near Newmarket. The father of this family 
was reared in Shenandoah county, where he was born Zvlay 16. 1304, 
spent his active years as a farmer and died there May 22, 1884, at the 
age of eighty years and six days. At the time of his death, he had thirty- 
three grandchildren. His wife died four years later at the age of 
seventy-eight. Buth were n'.embers of tlie Lutheran church. 

George W. Hupp was reared on the old home fartn in .Shenaridoah 
county, up to the age of eighteen years, and as a boy he attended the old 
field school, as the comiaon sf-hools were popitlarly called in Virginia. 
At the age of eighteen he began learning the tinsmith's trade at New- 
market, where he was employed by Jacob Summers, and served a full 



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apprenticeship of three rears. After that he was actively engaged in 
his trade for a period of twenty-eight years. 

In 1895 Mr. Hupp came west and located at I\Iiddletown, Indiana, 
and on May 26, 1862, came to Elwood, which has been his place of resi- 
dence now for more than half a century. He followed his trade at 
Elwood for a number of years, and fiualh' engaged in business for him- 
self. For thirty years he was one of the prospering and enterprising 
merchants, and from a beginning in which he had a small stock, he added 
stoves, building material, and general hardware, and built up an estab- 
lishment which was a credit to the entire section of the county. On 
retiring from the hardware business, Mr. Hupp opened an insurance 
office, and did business in that line for eleven years. Since then he has 
lived retired. During his long and successful career he has accumulated 
much property, invested chiefly in residence property, numbering some 
twenty-two in Elwood. and his time and attention are now engaged in 
looking after this estate. He was in debt when he first came to Elwood, 
the result of a worthless partner. 

On 'May 10, 1867, 3[r. Hupp married Miss Isabel Stokes, daughter of 
Jesse and Elizabeth Stokes. ]Mrs. Stokes ""Aas born in Butler county, 
Ohio, where her parents Avcre natives, and came in 1862 to Indiana, 
locating at Elwood, where they both died. The eight children com- 
prising the family of ^Ir. Hupp and wife are named: Charles C, Wil- 
liam A., Lola, Samuel S.. Joab, Frederick, Alley and Maude. Charles, 
Joab and Frederick died in infancy, and AYilliam, who m.arried a iliss 
Shaw and had two children, Fred and Drula, died in 1906. Sanmel 
died unnuirried. October 27, 1911. ]\Ir. and ]\lrs. Hupp are active mem- 
bers of the ^Fethodist church, in which he has many positions officially, 
and he is aifiliated with Quincy Lodge No. 200, I. 0. 0. F. He was one 
of the first councilmen of the corporation of Elwood, Indiana, holding 
that office for two terms, and he v/as the fir.st landlord of R. L. Leeson & 
Sons, the old merchants of Ehvood. Mr. Hupp is a Democrat in politics 
and cas^ his first vote for President Buchanan. 

"Wade H. Free. Among the young Indiana men who in recent years 
have been gaining recognition and have been making their influence 
effective in business and political circles of the state, one whose name 
has now become well known far beyond the boundaries of his home 
county of ^ladison. is Wade H. Free, the present secretary of the state 
senate. He is a popular young lawyer of Anderson, where he has spent 
five or six years in general practice, and he is a native son of the county. 

Wade H. Free was born in Lafayette township, Madison county, on 
a farm, February 16. 1878. His father is Nathaniel A. Free, a native 
of Ross county, Ohio, and one of the most prosperous farmers in I\Iadison 
county. The farm vrhich represents his life work comprises about four 
hundred and fifty acres, located in Richland and Lafayette townships, 
and it is a splendid estate, both from an agricultural point of view and 
as a center for fine stock, its proprietor having spent many years in study 
and diligent efforts to improve his live stock — cattle, hogs and hors-^s. 
In his township community he is a man of political iufiiience, but has 
never sought office. He married ]Miss Lavina Kirk, whose father. Wil- 
liam Kirk, was one of the pioneer stock buyers and farmers of tliis 
county, and a most respected citizen on account of his sterling C[ualiti8S. 

It was on the old home farm in Lafayette township that Yvade H. 
Free spent his early years, and he enjoyed the rural training v/hich is 



518 HISTORY OP MADISON COUNTY 

perhaps the best equipment for a man either in business or professional 
life. As a boy he attended the country scliools of his neighborhood, and 
subsequently entered the public schools of Anderson, finisliing at the 
high school. He then became a student in the Indiana University at 
Bloomington, where he was graduated in 1903, and he subsequently 
took his law degree from the law department of the University of 
Indiana at Indianapolis, in 1905. In the same year he v>as admitted to 
the bar, and he opened his office for practice, obtaining his first fee at 
Lapel in this county. Two years later he removed to ^^iderson, and 
has since built up an excellent general practice. 

Wade H. Free is a Democrat in polities, and for a number of years 
has taken a lively interest in the success of his party and in the election 
of his friends. He served first as secretary and later as chairman of 
the Democratic Central Committee of Anderson, and has held other 
positions of minor importance. In 1913 he was appointed secretary of 
the state senate, and that position gives him opportunities for extended 
acquaintance among all the prominent Democrats of this state, so that 
his political career is likely to be watched with much interest in the 
following years. 

In 1911 Mr. Free was married to Miss Jane L. Armstrong, whose 
former home was in Baltimore, Maryland. Fraternally Mr. Free is 
affiliated with Mt. Moriah Lodge, No. 77, A. F. & A. M.. and heis also 
a prominent member of the Phi Kappa Phi college fraternity. His office 
is at 903 Meridian street, and the family iiome is maintained at 331 West 
Tenth street, Anderson. 

Wii>LAED H. Tho:ias, now residing on a forty acre homestead in 
Stony Creek township, has given the best years_ of his career to the 
most useful occupation that ap.ii employ the energies of man or woaian, 
that of teaching. He has made an exc<^llent record as an educator, and 
was for a number of years identified with the schools of ^^ladison county, 
until he recently retired and went upon a farm. 

Willard H. Thomas, w^ho represents one of the oldest Indiana fam- 
ilies, was born in Floyd coraity, ]March 2o. 1872. a son of William and 
Sarah (Boley) Thomas. The^ Thomas family originated in Virginia, 
where it was settled during the colonial period. John Thomas, the 
founder of the f^imily name and fortunes in Indiana, came out to u'hat 
was then regarded the west and located in southern India na. and^ spent 
the rest of his lifetime in Harrison county. At his death he was buried 
upon the old homestead, which he had entered from the government^and 
to which he and his children had given many years of labor in the clear- 
ing and cultivation. He had a large family of children, and one ofthr-m 
was William, who in turi] had a son named William, the latter William 
being the fnthcr of the educator above named. William Thomas, the 
father, is still a resident of Harrison county. He served in Company C 
of the Eighty-first Indiana Infantry, and was a soldier until incapaci- 
tated from further service by ill health. He was tlie father of three 
children, named as follows: Willard H. ; Yernette A., who graduated 
from the common schools and studied in the State Normal, after which 
she was a teacher for some time until her marriage to Mr. Harry Mark- 
well ; Edwin :\[., principal of the Hamilton school in Jackson toAvnship 
of ]\Iadison countv. 

Mr. Willard H. Thoinas spent his youth on a farm, and when old 
enough began walking bac^k and forth to the neigh.boring district schools. 



.HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 519 

in which he attained his early training and was finally graduated from 
the common schools. He secured a license to teach at the age of seven- 
teen, and at intervals between his work as teacher he attended the Cen- 
tral Normal College at Danville, Indiana, and in 1896 entered the State 
Normal School, where he was graduated in 1899. Mr. Thomas possesses 
a life certificate, granted by the state. He served as principal of the 
Georgetown school, resigning there and after a year spent at Ilunting- 
burg°came to ]\Iadison county in the fall of 1901. He became principal 
of the Perkinsvnie school, and in all the schools where he has taught the 
cause of education has prospered, and he has left his impress for good 
upon hundreds of young men and women. He continued actively in 
educational work until the fall of 1912, at which time he retired and 
took up his residence on the farm in Stoney Creek township. 

On Christmas Day of 1895 Mr. Thomas married iSIiss Nellie Gresham. 
She was reared and 'educated in southern Indiana, and attained a high 
school education. The three children of their marriage are named 
Harold G., age thirteen; Roscoe E., age eleven; and Jessie Veruette, age 
eio"ht. The family worship in the Methodist church at Lapel, and Mr, 
Thomas is secretary of Lapel Lodge No. 625, A. F. & A. I\L He is also 
a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellov/s and he and his wife 
have membership with the Eastern Star and with the Rebekahs. Ho 
belongs to the Camp of the :\Iodern AVoodmen of America. In politics 
he is a Democrat, though he has never taken much part in party affairs. 

Lafe J. BuKR. Among the substantial business firms of Anderson, 
Indiana, that of the Jackson-Burr Company, dealers in insurance and 
real estate, holds prominent place. Established over a ciuarter of a cen- 
tury ago, the career of the concern has been one of constant development 
in size°and prominence, and its members are widely known in the com- 
mercial circles of the city. Lafe J. Burr, president of the Jackson-Burr 
Companv, has been a resident of Anderson for more than forty years, 
and during this time has so closely icTentified himself with its interests 
as to make^himself a place among the men to whom the city owes its pres- 
tige. He was born at :\Iiddletown, Henry county, Indiana, December 15, 
1845, 
of Oi 

Chf 

by trade, and a manufacturer of leatlier, lines of bushiess that he fol- 
lowed extensively for a number of years at ]Midirietowu, Indiana. He 
died in his eighty-eighth year, having been identified with the commer- 
cial and industrial interests of :Middletov/n since 1829, and as justice of 
the peace his service covered a continuous period of fifty years. His 
wife died on November 18, 1869. In politics Islr. Burr was an old line 
Whig, and upon the organization of the Republican party he transferred 
his support to that faction, of which he continued an active and inter- 
ested worker and member up to the time of his death. 

Lafe Joseph Burr received his early education in the public school 
at Middletown, Indiana, and on completing his studies became a clerk in 
a general store in that place. Subsequently he went to Cincinnati, there 
attending a commercial college, after which he returned to Middletown. 
In :March, 1863, he enlisted in the Union army for servie^ in the Civil 
war, becomino- a member of Company A, One Hundred Thirty-seventh 
Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, under Col. Len A. Hams, and 
participating in many sanguinary engagements. Wliile in active service 

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520 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

in Maryland, in 1864, Mr. Burr was captured by the enemy, but ou tlic 
same day the Union troops made an attack that resulted in the rescue 
of their comrades. He continued to serve valiantly and faithfully until 
the expiration of his service, when he received his honorable discharge 
and returned to the pursuits of peace in Indiana. Not long- thereafter 
the young soldier entered the employ of Vanuxem & Leeds, of Richmond, 
Indiana, wholesale dealers in tobacco and cigars, and remained with this 
firm from 18G6 to 1870. In the latter year he was married to ^Liss 
Laura Sonnefield, of Brazil, Indiana, a daughter of Henry F. Sunni> 
field, a prominent merchant of that place. After his marriage Mr. Burr 
located at Middletown, Indiana, where he engaged in the drug business 
and continued therein until 1872. He then came to Anderson, Indiana, 
here engaging in the manufacture of wagon and carriage wood stock 
and as a dealer in hardwood lumber, which he sold to the jobbing trade 
throughout the various States of the Tvliddle West, doing business under 
the firm style of Lafe J. Burr & Company. This continued until ISSG. 
In 1889 Mr. Burr engaged in the insurance and real estate busin.ess 
under the firm name of Jackson and Burr, the first ofdoe of this rirm 
being located over the Xichol cc ^lakepeace hardware store. From i.liat 
place it was moved to tlie corner of Eleventh and Main streets, and there 
they now have a well appointed office, where they handle a large amount 
of business. They are conceded to be the leading dealers in their 
especial line in the city, and both Mr. Burr, who is president, and ]\Ir. 
Jackson, vrho is secretiiry and treasurer, are men of high standing ii! 
business circles of the city. 

^Ir. Burr was for twelve years a member and president of the 
trustees of the Water Board of Anderson, and during his presiden'.:y 
the water Works were consiructed, the system now being entirely com- 
plete, with a recent in.stallation of a ^vater filter that renders tlie water 
absolutely pure. He was also county commissioner of ]\iadison county 
for nine years. In his politics ^Ir. Burr is a member of the Progressive 
party and he is active in tiie party ranks. He is a member of I\Iajor 
■ ^lay Post, G. A. R., arid his wife has long been an active member of the 
Woman's Relief Corps, and is past department president of the organi- 
zation of Indiana. 'Mr. Burr v.-as ai one time a member of ail the 
Masonic bodies, but is now demitted. belonging only to ^Jount INIoricih 
Lodge No. 77, A. F. & A. ^I. He is prominent with its members and 
has many friends in business and social circles throughout the city. Tlie 
family are members of the Presbyterian church. 

Tv.'o sons have been born to }>rr. and Mrs. Burr : Claude S.. i)or7r 
^larch 6, 1871, a bright and promisii;g boy, died on October 2. 1911. Re 
was managing editor of the Gutlirie State Capital, the leading Repub- 
lican daily of Oklahoiiia. Kenneth jL, now chief inspector of the United 
States Steel Company at Gary, Indiana, was captain of Company L, 
Orie Kuiidred and Sixtieth Indiana Volunteers, and served one :vear in 
Cuba, and as major of the Thirtieth United States Volunteers serv>'d 
two years in the Philippine Islands. Both were educated at Peekskill 
^Military Acade:uy, on the Hudson River, New York. 

Alvin B. Wii.liaj.ison. Alvin B. Williamson has a well cultivated 
tract of eighty acres of land in Fall Creek township, where he carries on 
stock farming, and where he has reached a comfortable state of pros- 
perity in his agricultural activities. He ranks among the best known 
and most popular citizens of the township, and has a host of good fri'-nds 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 521 

in aud about the community which represents his home. Born on Jan- 
uary 14, 1876, in IMadison county, he is the son of Burwell and ]\Iary J. 
(^Mairifold) Williamson, both of whom are now deceased. 

Burwell and ^lary AVilliamson were born in ^Madison county, Indiana, 
and within its confines passed their entire lives. They devoted their 
lives to the farming industry, and reared a family of eight children, five 
of whom are now living, — as follows : William L. is a farmer, in Green 
township, xMadison county; Leora E. is the wife of J. T. Ford of Pendle- 
ton; Alice M. is the wife of Allen Swain; Howard C. is another Green 
township farmer; and Albin B., the subject of this brief review. 

Alvin B. Williamson v/as reared on the farm that was his birthplace, 
three miles west of the toM'n of Pendleton, and when he reached a sui'A- 
cient age he entered the public schools of Pendleton and there completed 
his education. His schooling was not of a comprehensive order, and 
consisted of attendance at the schools of the community during the win- 
ter months, while the remainder of his years up to the age of nineteen 
were devoted to the work of the home place, in which he was well trained 
under the directioii of his father. He attended the Nobleville high 
school for a time after he was nineteen, and then sei himself to learji 
carriage trimming, a v.'ork in which he was engaged for three years. 

It was not until the marriage of Mr. Williamson in 1900 that he 
moved his farm in Green township, A\hcre they lived until 1909, in v/hir-h 
year they moved to Pendleton in Fail Creek township, and hero \v^ has 
since been engaged in general farming and stock raising. 

The wife of ^Ir. Williamson was in her maiden days Miss Mary F, 
France, and she was born in Noblesville, Indiana, on December 8, 1878, 
and educated in the schools of Noblesville. She is a daughter of Jason 
and Lettie (Flinchman) France, well kno\ni people of that eommuiiity. 
Two children have been born to tlie Williamsons, — Thelaia I., now eleven 
years old, and Donna B., aged nine years. The family are membc-rs of 
the Methodist Episcopal church, and ^^Ir. Williamson has membership 
in Sicilian Lodge No. 234, Knights of P\i;hia3, while his wife is a mem- 
ber of the Pythian Sisters. Lodge No. 99. Mr. Williamson is a Repub- 
lican, but is not one who takes any activity in politi«:al matters beyond 
the dictates of good citizenship. The family is one that has a pleasinf^ 
position in Pendleton and the vicinity by reason of the many excellent 
qualities which its members possess, and they have a host of friends 
throughout the county. 

Eugene L. Ford. In Green township are located many of th.} bt-st 
improved and most valuable farmsteads of ]\[a'dison county, and one of 
these which is conspicuous for its improvement, for its general appear- 
ance of thrift and prosperity, and for the value of the crops v.-hich are 
every year produced in its field and in the barns is that of Eugene L. 
Ford. ]\rr. Ford has spent about sixty years of his life in Madison 
county, and lacks only about a year of being able to claim it as his birth 
place. He was born in Wayne county, Indiana, December 9. 1852, and 
was a son of John AV. and I\rartha-A. AVilliamson Ford, a native of Mary- 
land, was a carpenter by trade and came to Aladison county in 1853. 
His mother was a native of A^irginia. For a number of years the father 
was engaged in sawm.illing and in contracting, and during his residence 
in Madison county he constructed many of the school houses in Green 
towTiship, besides a large amoinit of other work. He and his wife wero 
members of the IMethodist church, and they were well known and in- 



522 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

fluential people. There were seven children in the family, and three 
are living in 1913, Eugene L., Emily L., wife of J. M. Johnson, and 
Amanda I., wife 'of HeJiry Beekner. 

Eugene L. Ford spent his early life on the farm which he now owns 
in Green township, and attended the same district schools which the 
children of another generation attended, although in a very different 
building and with very different facilities from Avhat he enjoyed as a 
boy. He completed his education in the public schools of Pendleton. 
His first regular occupation was as a carriage blacksmith in Pendleton. 
and he worked at that occupation for eighteen months. He then returned 
to the farm and soon afterv;ards was married to ]\liss Tvlary E. Taylor, 
a daughter of James A. Taylor. After their marriage he engaged iji 
farming, and then moved to Lapel, where he was in business for several 
years. He next bought the balance of the farm of one hundred and 
sixty acres at his present location, and has given it all the energy and 
judgment which he possesses in making it a productive and valuabl':' 
estate. 

Mr. Ford and wife arc the parents of seven children, and the tliree 
living at the present time are Plorace A., who is a farmer and who mar- 
ried Ina M. Bright; Gale A., who is a graduate of the Lapel high school, 
and is now a student of music; OHn F., who was educated in the pu^:^lic 
schools of Lapel. ^Ir. Ford is affiliated with I^apel Lodge No. 625, 
A. F. & A. M., being a past master of the lodge, and is also a member 
of Lapel Lodge No. 386, Knights of Pythias, being past chancellor. He 
is also a member of the Grand Lodge of the IMasons, and has been a 
delegate to the State Lodge of the Knights of Pythias. Politically he 
belongs to the new party, the Progressive. 

Andrew Milburx. The meet reward of a well spent and active career 
is an honorable retirement from labor and a season of rest in vvhieh to 
enjoy the fruits of former toil. Consecutive endeavor, resolute purpose, 
sound judgment and unfaltering encrg.y bring success in the active afTairs 
of life, and when prosperitj* is attained these should be followed by a 
period of leisure, when one may carry out his individual desires and find 
pleasure in pursuing plans from which business cares had formerly with- 
•held him. For many years Andrew Milburn was prominently identified 
with the agi-icuitural interests of Madison county. His career was an 
honorable one, in which his straightforvvard dealing and indefatigable 
labor brought him a handsome competence that now enables hirn to put 
aside the heavier burder.s and fin.d pleasurable recreation in his home 
and amo:ig his friends. 

Mr. Milburn was born on the homestead in Stony Creek tow-nship 
Vuich he now owns, June 3, 1856, a son of Isaac and Nancy (Gwinn) 
Milburn, natives of West Virginia (then Virginia). From their native 
place ]\rr. Milbum's parents migrated to ]*Iadison county in a wagon, 
pioneer fashion, and located in Stony Creek township, where the grand- 
father of the subject of this review bought one hundred and sixty acres 
of land from the government, paying a dollar and a quarter an acre, and 
this he deeded to his son Isaac. On his arrival here Isaac Milbum's casu. 
capital consisted of two dollars and a half, and this sum he paid a 
neighbor to assist him in digging a well, but from this humble start 
he became one of the leading land owners of his section of the county. 
He was a quiet, unassuming man and never aspired to public prominence, 
but lived a clean and upright life, was g^:-eatly respected by his neighbors, 



HISTORY OF MADISOX COUNTY 523 

and iu his death, February 12, 1901, his township lost one of its best 
citizens. He and his wife had three children, of whom but the subject of 
this sketch now survives. 

The educational advantages of Andrew ^ililburn were somewhat 
limited, being confined to three terms of three months each in the dis- 
trict schools and a short attendance in a subscription school, but in later 
years this has been supplemented by much observation and study, which 
have made him a well educated man. He was reared on the home farm, 
but at the age of fifteen years, his home life not proving congenial 
because of a critical stepmother, he left the parental roof and faced the 
world on his own account. Making his w^ay to Kansas, he there found 
work in the farming regions at a salary of twenty dollars a month, but 
with youthful irresponsibility failed to save his earnings, and when he 
met the lady of his choice he was possessed of a capital of but seventy- 
five dollars. However, his optimism and self reliance v\ere as great as 
had been his free heartedncss, and on April 29, lSS-1, he was married to 
Miss Minnie Holmes, who had been born iu Nebraska June 17, 18G0. 
She had received a common school education, but having lost her parents 
when young had, like her husband, been compelled to make her own 
way. To this union tliere were bo^ii thirteen children : Ella, who is the 
wife of Orville IMcDole ; Ethel, who is deceased ; Bessie, the v>'ife of Koy 
Adams; and "Willie, Cyrus, Isaac, Earl, Jessie, Bertha, Ernest, Orville, 
Grace and Andrew, Jr. Of these Bertha and Ernest are twins. 

After his marriage ]\Ir. I\Iilburn returned to Madison county, where 
he took charge of his father's farm, and here he has been carrying on 
operatiors ever since. He is now the owner of four hundred acres, all in 
a high state of cultivation, with substantial and handsome buildings and 
modern improvements of all kinds. Although he left the farm in 
December, 1905, and settled in his comfortable home in Lapel, Mr. 
Milburn still continues to buy and sell horses and to deal iu and ship 
stock, and he is known as a shrewd trader and an excellent .judge of 
live stock of all kinds. He has ever been known for his strict integrity 
and reliability in business matters, and few men are b^4ter known 
in the township. His life has been one of temperance and probity, and 
he is a liberal contributor to all religious and charitable movements, 
being, with his family, a consistent member of the United Brethren 
church. His politics are those of the Democratic party, and, while he 
has not beci an office seeker, he has not been indifferent to the duties of 
citizenship and has served as a member of the town board of I^apcl 
and as treasurer of the board of trustees of his church. During his 
long residence in this section he has formed a wide acquaintance and 
his numerous friends testify to his popularity among all classes. 

Martin C. Norton. By various services and diversified gifts, men 
contribute to the building up of a city, and ir is in connection with the 
opening up of the avenues of comtnerce and the furnishing of facilities 
for the transactions of trade that iMartin C. Norton has bent his energies 
to the common weal. A^s president of the T. 'SI. Norton Brewing Com- 
pany, at Anderson, he is the dii-ecting head of one of the largest industries 
of its kind in this part of Indiana, while his connection with various other 
enterprises of an extensive nature has been such as to make his name 
a familiar one in business circles of ?v[adison county. ]Mr. Norton was 
born in the city of Anderson, July 30, 1367, and has spent his entire 



524 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

career here. He is the eldest son of Thomas M. and Katherine (Mc- 
Carthy) Norton. 

Thomas M. Norton was born in 1835, in Ireland, and was still a 
lad when brought to the United States by his parents, the family settling 
near Dayton, Ohio, where he passed his boyhood and youth and acquired 
a good common school education. On completing his studies, he learned 
the trade of carpenter, thus drifting into the contracting business, v/hich 
he followed until 18G3, then moving from Dayton to Union City, Indiana, 
where he became associated with Louis Williams in the ale brewing- 
business. In 1866 he disposed of his interests in Union City and came 
to Anderson, and shortly thereafter formed a partnership with Patrick 
Sullivan, thus organizing the first concern for the brewing of ale in 
northern Indiana. Later ^Michael Cromley was admitted to member- 
ship in the firm, but in 1882 ^lr. Norton sold his interests to his partners 
and embarked in business on his own account, thus forming the nucleus 
for v\-hat was to become one of the largcsi industries of the city. Devot- 
ing his best energies to his enterprise, ]\Ir. Norton extended its trade 
steadily and surely, and eventually v/as enabled to build a large brick 
plant, which he equipped with the finest and most modern machinery 
known to the brewing trade. He continued as the active head of this 
enterprise until his death, January 26. 1907, when he had firmly estab- 
lished himself as one of his adopted city's most substantial men of busi- 
ness. He was survived by his widow, two daughters and tvvo sons. 

Martiji C. Norton acquired a liberal education in tiie public and high 
schools of Anderson, this being supplemented by a commereial course in 
•the •Miami Business College, at Dayton, Ohio, and on the completion of 
his studies he entered the brewery where his father thoroughly trained 
him in every detail of the great business. He was later admitted to 
partnership, with his brother William J. Norton, the firm then becoming 
T. M. Norton &, Sous, and at the time of their father's death the sons 
took over the business, wnich they have continued to successfully con- 
duct to the present time. Changes and iniprovements liave been made in 
the plant, as extendsd. tredo and newly invented machinery demanded, 
but tlie same high standard of quality has been maintained, and the 
customers secured by the older man v."hen the enterprise was still in 
its infancy have continued to do business with the tirm to the present 
time. Martin C. Norton has inherited much of his fatJier's shrewdness. 
acumen and good judgment, and his management of the company's 
afl^'airs has been of a nature to greatly estend its scope. In addition to 
a large local trade, a large amiOunt of ihe product is shipped to the 
neighboring towns and villages, as well as to a number of large cities 
in nortliern and central Indiana. ^Ir. Norton has interested himself 
in various other ventures, and at this time is vice-president of another 
of Anderson's large industries, the Anderson Foundry and Machine 
Company. 

In 1896 -Mr. Norton was married to ^liss Maud Kilgore, daughter of 
the late James L. Kilgore. an old resident and for some years a promi- 
nent business man of Anderson, who died some time ago. They have no 
children. In politics a Democrat, Mr. Norton has taken an ai'tive part 
in local matters, but only as a supporter of good government, and not 
as an aspirant for public preferment. Frateriially, he holds membersliip 
in the local lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. ^ His 
fine brick residence, situated at No. 1011 Jackson street, is one of the 
most valuable and architecturally beautiful in tbt^ citv of Anders*-»u 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 525 

John M. Lamey. Among the citizens' of Madison county who have 
won material success through the exercise of their own industry and 
native talent, John ^i. Lauiey, of Anderson, is deserving of more than 
passing mention. Compelled to face the world and make his own way 
when but still a lad, he has so perseveringly pursued the vocation that he 
early chose as his life work, that today he finds hiuiself one of the sub-' 
stantial men of his community, and the general esteem in which he is held 
is ample evidence of the fact that his activities have been governed by a 
high sense of business integrity. Mr. Lamej' is a native of Anderson, a 
son of James and ^lary (Turney) Lamey. 

James Lamey was born in County Cork, Ireland, where he grew to • 
young manhood. Like thousands of others of his native countrymen, he 
earl}' decided that better opportunities awaited him in America, and he 
accordingly took passage for this country, first locating in Canada. He 
subseiiuentl}' came to AVinehester, Indiana, where he adopted the voca- 
tion of butcher, and v/as so engaged at the outbreak of the struggle 
between the North and the South. Enlisting in the Nineteentli Regiment, 
Indiaiia Volunteer Infantry, he served with that organization for four 
years, participating in numerous hard-fought engagements and at all 
times proving himself a brave, cheerful and faithful soldier. On the com- 
pletion of his term of service, he returned to his trade, and v/as rapidly 
becoming successful in a material way when his death occurred, hai^tened, 
no doubt, by the hardships of his army life. He left his widow v. ith two 
sons: John 31., aiul Paul, the latter of whom passed away at the age of 
twenty-one years. 

John il. Lamey accjuired his education in the Catholic Sisters' school 
and the public schools of Anderson, but left the latter 'at the age of four- 
teen years, the death of his father making it imperative that lie wssist in 
the support of his mother and brother. He first entered the factories at 
Anderson, wliere he Avas employed for thi-ee years, and at the end of that 
period learned butchering. He was only tvv"enty-one years old udien lie 
entered business on his own account at Anderson, but his thorough knowl- 
edge of the business, his energy, his progressive ideas and iiis inherent 
ability all contributed to the building up of a business th>it has coiititmed 
to gi-ow steadily to the present tvn}, and he is now kno\vn as one of his 
section's heaviest stvick buyers arid a wholesale and retail meat dealer 
whose trade e.xrends far beyond the limits of the local ccmmunities. His 
subsequent career has been "spent in unswerving devotio'T to the duties oT 
life, in the coriduet of arj lionorable business and in fidelity to family and 
friends, and no one is more deserving and more enjoys the confidence 
and esteem of those with whom he has been brought into contact. His 
hobby may be said to be a love of fast horses and he is at present tlie owner 
of a number of valuable animals. Mr. Lamey owns a valuable property 
which has been made more desirable by the erection of a number of build- 
ings equipped with every modern apxdiance for the conduct of his busi- 
ness. Essentially a business man, he has not cared for public life, but 
takes an interest in the success of the Democratic party and sraiiehly sup- 
ports its principdes and candidates. 

In July. 1905, ^^Ir. liamey was united in marriage with iMiss Esther 
Langley, and three children have been born to this union: Paul. JjiracS 
and Ireta. 

EdwarP' E. Thomas. A native son of Madison county and a repre- 
sentative of a family whose name has been closely identiSod with the 



526 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

development and progress of this section of the state is :Mr. Thomas, and 
that he has accounted well for himself and gained secure place in popular 
esteem needs no further voucher than that afforded in his incumbency of 
the responsible office of superintendent of the county poor farm, in' the 
general management of which his administration has been in every respect 
faithful and efficient. 

Mr. Thomas was born in Boone township, this county, on the 22ud 
of February, 1858, and is a scion of the third generation of the family in 
Madison county, where his paternal grandfather settled in the early pio- 
neer days. ]\Ir. Thomas is a son of Evan R. and Lorema (Mc^Iahon) 
Thomas, the former of whom was born in ^Monroe township, this county. 
Evan R. Thomas was long numljered among the most energetic and pro- 
gressive agriculturists of his native county and he now resides on an at- 
tractive homestead in Van Burcn township, where he is living virtually 
retired, after man}' years of earnest toil and endeavor. Of the eight chil- 
dren the subject of this review v.'as the second in order of birth, the others 
being: Sarah, Mrs. Allen; Ethel, ISlra. Vinson; James; Ida, Mrs. Jones ; 
Minnie, Mrs. Fisher; Cora, ]Mrs. Nelson; and Bertha, Mre. KaulTman. 

The present superintendent of the poor farm of Madison county 
gained his early experiences in connection witli the work of the home farm 
and his educational advantages were those afforded in the Tomliusou 
school, in Boone tov.-usliip. an institution locally designated as the Dead 
Dog scliool. In the jueanwhile he contributed his cpiota to the work of the 
home farm and he Vvas but fourteen years of age at the time of his mother "s 
death. As tlie next eldest of the children, Mr. Thomas early assumed 
heavy responsibilities and aided in the support of th.e younger members of 
the family, as his father earnestly maintaiiied the home after the death of 
the loved v/ife and mother. Edward E. Thomas initiated his independejJt 
career at the age of twenty-five years. He rented a farm of one hundred 
and forty acres and brought his energies and specific knowledge into 
effective play, with the result that he made the enterprise successful. 
Finally he purchcised a small tract of land, and in eouneetion with its 
cultivation he also operated a slaughter house, the products of whieli he 
sold to the retail meat markets in the town of Summitville. Finally he 
established his residence in that village, where he engaged in the handing 
of farm implements and machinery. This venture likev^'ise proved suc- 
ce.ssful under his aggressive and careful management, and his reputation 
as a salesman and circumspect man of business led to his being retained 
as a traveling representative of the Interuatioiial Harvester Compnny, 
with v;hich great corp-oration he thus continued for a period of ten years. 
In September, 1910, the board of county commissioners of ^ladison county 
conferred upon him the appointment to his present responsible offix-e, and 
it is a matter of record that the affairs of the county poor farm have 
been most carefully and al)ly managed under his effective regirae. his con- 
tinued retentJor. of office constituting the best voucher for the efficiency 
of his administration. 

Mr. Thomas accords unwavering allegiance to the Democratic party 
and he has ever taken a deep interest in all that touelies the welfare of 
his home county. He served two years as township assessor and he l;as 
ever held inviolable place in the con_fidence and esteem of the comnumity 
which has always represented his home. He is in charge of the county 
farm of two hundred and twelve acres and also has the general supervision 
of the county infirmary, the unfortunate wards of which hold him in higli 
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^vith excellent improvements of a permanent order. 2Ir. Thomas and his 
family hold membership iu the Christian church and are distinctively 
popular in connection with the social activities of the community. 

On the 2Sth of September, 1SS2, was solemnized the marriage of ]\Ir. 
Thomas to Miss Anna Beeson, who is a daughter of William G. and 
Elizabeth ("Williams) Beeson, who now reside in Summitville and who 
are well known and highly honored citizens of the county, where Mrs. 
Beeson is one of the few representatives of the Williams family, the name 
of which has been closely concerned with the history of this part of 
the state. William G. Beeson was born in AVayne county, Indiana, and 
is a scion of one of the staunch pioneer families of the Iloosier common- 
wealth. Of the children ]Mrs. Thomas was the first born; Joseph is a 
resident of Summitville; and Frank is deceased; he is survived by his 
widow, whose maiden name was Stella Block, and by their two children, 
Austin and Lou, M-ho remain Avith their v.-idov.'ed mother at Summit- 
ville. Mrs. Thomas has proved a most able coadjutor of her husband 
in directing the affairs of the. county asylum for the poor, as she is 
matron of the institution and is unceasing iu her atttutioji to its afi'airs. 
Mr. and ]Mrs. Thomas became the parents of six children, concerning 
whom brief record is made in conclusion of thi=; review: Arlie wedded 
Miss Edna Seever and they have two children, Robert and Rath; Idclle, 
who completed the curriculum of the public schools of Summitville, re- 
mains at the parental home ; Clyde wedded ]\Iiss Leta ]\Iorris, and they 
have three children, Lena, Ernestine and ^Maurice E. ; Chester is de- 
ceased; Rena is at the parental home; and Elizabeth is attending the high 
school at Anderson, the county seat. 

James M-\rion Forkxeh. One century ago, lackiiig five brief years, 
the Forkner family was established in Incliana, Wayne county bfing the 
scene of settlement and for years the home of the family. From that day 
to the present time men of that name have been prominently identified 
with the agricultural activities of the state, and have played well their 
individual parts in the piaiseworthy work of advancing the reputation 
of their various communities in the world of agTiculture. They have 
been men of the highest integTity and especially have they been dis- 
tinguished by the' character of their citizenship and by their public 
service wherever and v.-henever there was need for them to give of 
themselves for the public weal. He whose name introduces this neces- 
sarily brief biographical re^aew. James Marion P'orkner, has been not 
a whit less prominent in his activities than have others of ihe name, and 
he stands forth today among the substantial and dependable men of 
his city and country, marked by the high ordt>r of his citizenship as 
well as by the many sturdy traits of character that have contributed 
to his popularity and success. 

James ^Marion Forkner was born on August 15, 1849, in Ricl'land 
township, and is the sou of ^Madisun and Charlotte (Blacklidge) Forkner. 
^Ir. Forkner represents the fourth generation of the fainily privileged to 
claim American birth, and his great-great-grandfather, William Forkner, 
was born in Wales. He migrated to America in early life, coming to 
these shores just prior to the Revolutionary war, and settling hi what is 
now Surrey county. North Carolina. There he died in about the year 
180S, and it is worthy of mention tliat a copy of his last will and testainent 
is now in the hands of John L. Forkr.er. the editor of tliis historical and 
biographical work. This interesting document bears the date February, 



528 HISTOKY OF MADISON COUNTY 

1807, and the instrument conveyed to his heirs his entii-e property, repre- 
sented largely by slaves and land. 

The son of this worthy patriot was Isaac Forkner, who was the gr-ar. 
grandfather of the subject. He was born in North Carolina in 177j 
and when the War of 1812 was in progress he gave service throughout! 
its duration. For his splendid aid he was awarded by the goverriULjni, a 
land warrant for IGO acres of valuable Indiana land, in lieu of a pensio!i. 
Mr. Forkner settled in Wayne county in 1818, and he was one of tlh- 
earliest inhabitants of the town of Centerville, where he lived for year.s 
and prospered in accordance with his merit. He died at ^lillvilie, in 
Liberty township, in 1863, when he was aged eighty-eight years, and h-j 
was long remembered as one. of the finest characters the community had 
known. The eldest sou of Isaac Forkner was Jess3, who v^-ars 
born in North Carolina, like his fatlier. _ It may be said that he was out.- 
of the earliest land owners in Henry county, this stste. and he cam.,- 
here witli his fatht^r. settling upon land in 1822. Liberty township beeapa- 
his permanent home, and he became a power in local politics early in life. 
He was elected sheriff of Henry couniy in 1830, serving until 1833, and in 
1837 he moved into Madison county, where lie passed his remaining days. 
During his residence in Madison county he play-.d a leading part in 
the pubKc life and activities of his district, and was county commissioner 
one term, as well as having officiated in other caparities. He was a m;ui 
of splendJd integrity, and v>as remembered as one of the most progressiv.j 
farming men the county possessed. None shared more fully in puljlic 
esteem and approbation than he, and in addition to a fair estate, he left 
the priceless heritage of a good name, well protected by him throughout 
bis life aud pas.ied on to his heirs ^^ithuut spot or blemish of his pro- 
curing. _ 

■Madison Forkner v>-a£ the son of -Jesse Forktier, and was scr-ond in 
order of birth. He in his turn became prominent in farming circles, aiu! 
vras one of the most successful and prosperous men in his community. 
l^efore he located in HcLry count}' he raarned Charlotte Bl.-icklidgc, and 
to them Avere born seven children, named as follows: Cornelius, now 
(deceased; James jfarion. tlie immediate sub.iei,-t ^f this review; ^.Irs. 
Malinda Crone; 'Mis. Martlia Lovwr: Alfr.'d L.. deceased: iMrs. Eiiza 
beth T. Porter, and Ilattii- ]]. Tappan. 

James Clarion Forkner was born on the old Forkjier farm, now owr.od 
by Jasper Broiinenbrirg. As a boy he attended the Union school and 
later was a strident in a well Lniown college of the state. lie wa.s well 
tutored in the business of forming also, and when he was twenty-one years 
old -set out independently on a forty-acre farm, vritli a log cabin honi'' 
adorning his acreage. It is pleasing to note here that he did not lorn.' 
remain the proprietor of a '"forty,"' nor did he continue as a dweller 
in log cabins, hut rather that he became the owner of one of the finest 
stock farms in the state. A short time ago Mr. Forkner. wishing to retire 
from active business life, sold his place for $28,000, and a brief descrip- 
tion of the plaee to which he gave so many years of his life and whicli 
prospered so bountifully under his care, is proper!}- entered at tlii.- 
point. Forkner Stock Farm lies some eight miles distant from Anderson. 
the county seat of jFadison county, and but six miles froiri Ale:candri.i_. 
a thriving young city of about 12.000 population. A solid tract of --■• 
acres of rich s^il comprise tiie place, and includirig a tvveiit\- acre wood-lot 
and pasture. Slightly rolling, as i^ maeh of the best land of Indiana, 
the place has the best possiljle drainage, with an abundance of shade 



HISTOKY OF MADISON COUNTY' 529 

trees in the most appropriate places, and it boasts a fine orchard of 
170 trees in bearing, with an abundance of small fruits. Three wells, 
none of which has ever failed, furnish a bountiful supply of the purest 
water, and a windmill adds further to the equipment of the place. The 
entire place is fenced in the most approved manner, and tine graveled 
roads lead to all points from the farm to the adjacent markets. A hand- 
some residence, erected at on inside cost of $3,000, makes for the greater 
comfort of the owners, the same having been built by ]Mr. Forkner in the 
days when he was yet engrossed in the cares of farming and farm life, 
•and a modern grain barn built at a cost of $1,500 provides for the boun- 
tiful crops that are annually enticed from the willing soil. Twelve other 
buildings are in evidence upon the place, included among which are two 
tenement houses, the whole representative of . a cash expenditure of 
several thousand dollars on the part of ]Mr. Forkner. The chief indus- 
try of the place in the days when ]Mr. Forkner was its proprietor was 
stock raising, with some grain production, and the annual output of the 
place in stock and grain aggregated $5,000. On the whole, the place is 
one of the finest in the county and state, and represents a praiseworthy 
outlay of toil and money on the part of the man who founded the business 
aiul brought it to the admirable position it held ^vhen Mr. Forkner C':'ased 
to be the owner. 

In December, 1905. after ]Mr. Forkuer sold the farm, he moved to what 
is known as the Blacklidge Park, and today he is the owner of barely 
sixty-four acres, having gradually parted with all his farm lands but that 
small acreage. He has since given up all active interest in farms and 
farming as an operator, and is living a retired life near the city of 
Anderson, and is enjoying to the utmost the fruits of his years of 
strenuous attention to business. 

^Ir. Forkner in early manhood married ^liss Ellen Catherine Tappan. 
a daughter of David D. and Elizabetli (]\IcNear) Tappan. The mother 
is still living, at the advanced age of 82. ]Mrs. Forkner 's sisters are "Mrs. 
J. ^I. Watkin.s, deceased, ]Mrs. Geo. Kirk and ^Mi's. Einma Jackson. To 
this union were born three children, concerning whom, with their respec- 
tive families, brief mention is here incorporated. The first born, Charles 
E.. married Aldine ]Mae (Sn\elser), and they have two children. Austin 
H. and Francis E. Charles Forkner makt^s his home in ilarshalltown, 
Iowa, and has for some years been prominently knovi'n to the manufactur- 
ing interests of tlmt city. In earl.v manhood he was for six years em- 
ployed as a mail clerk, but busines.s interests of his own have later claimed 
him. Earl A. Fcn-kner, the second born son of James Max-ion Forkner, 
passed through the common sch(;ols of his native community and later 
was a graduate of Anderson and DePauw, as well as the University of 
Indiana at Blooiuington. He was later graduated from the University of 
Michigan in the elei^trieal engineering profession, and is nov," engaged 
in its practicp and in the manufacturing busine.'^s in ^\[arshalitown. Iowa, 
although he was engaged in educational v,-ork for some years. He married 
Martin J. AVolfe. and is now the business partner of his brother. Charles 
E.. mentioned above. Walter M. Forkner, the third and last born of 
the three children of his parents, married Etta M. Oilerist. a native 
daughter of Greenburg. Indiana, and they have tv>-o children. ^larjorie 
E. and Gertrude C. Walter Forkner was educated in the commoti schools. 
and early took to farm life, in which he continued for some years. He 
later he iDecame interested in the fire insurance business and is now active 
and prominent in fire and life insurance circles of Cass county. He. like 



S30 3IIST0RY OF MADISON COUNTY 

Uiisibrathors,;is.a man who takes a leading- place in business and politicjl 
activities of .his eouiniunity, and all three are sturdy young men wlio 
iare la (distinct .credit to their honored and honorable"parents, and vvlio 
care iuiost creditably carrying forward the family name in Indiana. 

jilr. JEorkiier, the father of these sons, is Republican in his politics, 
candiiike all-the men of his family, from the earliest representative down 
tto ike latest, -takes an intelligent and praiseworthy interest in the busin^-s.s 
odf ttlLeocity;and comity ^^^th which he is identified. He was elected bv 
ccentrabconmiitteemen of the county to the office of treasurer for ten o'r 
ttwelve -years and was road supervisor. Pie paid insurance premiuni.s 
rpoliey. for. nineteen years in the Union Central and received -$5,352. Ho 
Huts long been a member of the ^Methodist Episcopal church and his fra- 
tterual ;relations are confined to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, 
mithwJliich he has fraternized for some years as an active and esteemed 
imember. .3n concluding this sketch, a newspaper article relating to the 
lindustry of 31rs. Forkner is here appended: 

TTheireeent discussion regarding a license ordinance for butter makers 
ssiiggcstedto I\Irs. J. M. Forkner that she find how much butter she -liad 
mtade;and marketed. Mrs. Forkner has made and sold butter for many 
:>y.€ar-3. IChe past fifteen years she has kept an accurate count of her 
vnccaik:. 3n:that time she has made 2S_,4'il pounds or an average of from 
:ffQur *to -five ipoimds a day. 

"^YKen.'air. and Mrs. Forkner lived on a farm in Richland township 
tthere were times wiien they kept seven or eight cows. A year ago they 
mioved "to ^nderst»n. Since then they have kept only one or two cows. 
lEhere aire :5ome customers ]Mrs. Forkner has supplied vrith butter for 
teiglrteen years. 

lEn .making butter .Mrs. JForkner was always slov/ to take up with new 
ifang'Ied notions. .A paddle she used for nearly fifteen years was tnade 
tby ;her .and preferred over manufactured paddles. This paddle wa^ 
^ garactically worn out a couple of years ago. ]Mrs. Forkner gave it to her 
son '.Charles J^. JForkner, v,'ho proposes to keep it as a memenlo. For a 
diozen;years Mrs. Forkner did her churning v,ith a gas engine. 

JA;]>A'M .-Schuster. Anderson township can boast of some of the most 
Ubfiautiful farms to be found in ^ladison county, and among these none 
Ihas been brought to a higher state of cultivation than the country home 
(CflD-r.-iJonas -Stewart, a handsome tract of 120 acres, lying on the Ander- 
son iroad. TChis property has been brought to its present escellent eon- 
oSition tlirotigh the efforts of Adam Schuster, vfho has charge of the 
cqperations for :Dr. -Stewart. Mr. Schuster has made farming his life 
■5W.Qrk, and his long experience his constant study of farming conditions, 
ihis iieady ability to adapt himself to and adopt new ideas and his 
mntiring -perseverance have made him know^n as an expert in his chosen 
nine. IHe Wiisborn on a farm near Cincinnati, in Hamilton county, Ohio, 
j&Iay 12-8, ]li55t5, and is a son of John and ]\Iary (Schumberger) Schuster. 
JJohn ^Schuster was a native of the P^atherland, where he received 
iiiis -education :and was reared to manhood. He was industrious and 
enterprising' and, seeing no satisfactory prospects in his own country, 
diecided tto try .his fortunes in the United States. Accordingly, when 
about ilihirty \year-s of age, he took passage for New York, and shortly 
a5.ftei-iliisilaJLdi)ig made his way to Cincinnati, Ohio, and entered the truck 
^gardening 'business in v;hieh he continued throughout the remainder of 
iijis cWti'ivs: icareer. IHe became reasonably successful, was a well-k!iown 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 531 

and highly esteemed citizen of his eominiinity, and reared a family of 
six chikiren, of whom Adam is the only resident of Madison county. 
One brother, Daniel, is living in the vicinity of Cincinnati, while three 
brothers and a sister, John, George, Christopher and Kate, are aU 
deceased. 

Adam Schuster received a public school education in the institutions 
of Franklin county, Ohio, and was brought up an agriculturist. As soon 
as he had completed his schooling, Tie entered upon his career as a tiller 
of the soil, and this occupation he has continued to follow to the present 
time. He assumed the management of the operations on Dr. Stewart's 
property on Anderson road. Each succeeding year has seen new improve- 
ments made, and the success which Mr. Schuster has attained in the 
raising of crops of bumper size is a demonstration of how far the science 
of farming may be perfected. He believes in the use of the most 
progressive methods and high power machinery in his farm work, and 
has also been successful in breeding a high grade of cattle. 

In July, 1S90, ^Ir. Schuster was united in marriage with Miss Sarah 
Johnson, whose parents came to Madison county from Kentucky. Mr. 
and Mrs. Schuster have had one son: George, who is attending the 
Anderson schools. They are also rt^aring an adopted child, Freda 
Schuster, who is seven years of age and is also a school student. During 
his residence in Anderson township INlr. Schuster has made many friends 
and everywhere he is recognized as a worthy representative of the best 
agricultural element. 

Sanford R. Moss. Located in Richland tov/nship, not far from the 
city of Anderson is found Shadeland Stock farm, a property of sixty 
acres from which comes some of the finest light harness horses bred in 
Madison county. The proprietor of this enterpri.se, Sanford R. Moss, 
has had a long and successful experience in his line of work, having been 
trained therein as a boy, and his tirmly-established reputation as a 
raiser, breeder and trainer of these animals has 3reated an active demand 
for his animals in tlie market.s of the big cities. Mr. 2.Ioss was born on his 
present property, Z\Iarch 12, 1S4G, and is a son of AVilliam J. and 
Elizabeth (Gordon) Moss. 

The Moss family originated in Germany, the gi'andfather of San- 
ford R. ]Moss, John Moss, beir.g the founder of the family in America. 
He emigrated from the Fatherland as a young man and located first in 
Virginia, later moving to Ohio. William J. ]\Ios3 w'as born in Virginia, 
from whence he was taken by his parents as a small boy to Ohio, 
and there received his c<lucation and grevv to manhood. Seeking his 
fortune, in young manhood he came to iladison c^i-unty and secured a 
small tract of land from the governraent, on whic-h he erected a log 
cabin, the first home here of himself and wife. As the years passed 
and his finances permitted he added to his holdings until he had 360 
acres, all under cultivation, and improved this property with sub- 
stantial buildings for his cattle and. grain, and a commodious and 
comfortable residence. An industrious, energetic citizen, he did not 
confine his efforts to farming, but branched out into the cattle and 
horse business, and also devoted some attention to milling. At the time 
of his death he was one of his community's substantial men and a 
citizen whose position among his fellow-men was assured. William J. 
and Elizabeth (Gordon) ^loss were the parents of seven children: 



532 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

John, Jennie, Margaret, Sanford R., Samuel, Frederick and Belle 
of whom Sanford R. and Samuel survive. 

The boyhood home of Sanford R. ^loss was a primitive log huusr; 
and he was reared amid the surroundings of a newly-op-.ued country! 
Like the other children of his parents, he was given the advantages of 
education as afforded by the common schools of his day and locality 
the winter terms lasting for three months, while the rest of the year 
was passed by the youth in the hard, unremitting toil of clearing the 
home place from the timber which almost completely covered it. Thus 
he grew to manhood, being trained in the habits of honesty, industry 
and thrift, and continued to remain under the parental roof until he 
reached the age of twenty-seven years. Upon the death of his father 
he assumed the iiiauagemeut of tlie enterprises in which the elder man 
had been engaged, and continued to successfully operate them for a 
number of years, although at this time he devotes himself exclusively 
to training and breeding light harness hor.ses. As a breeder he has a 
reputation that extends far beyond the limits of his home locality, orders 
for his animals coming from far distant points all over the country. 
Although ]\Ir. Moss has reached an age when the majoriiy of men 
feel that they have earned a rest from their labors, he continues to 
manage his affairs and to do his own v/ork, a clean, healthy and 
temperate life having given him a robust constitution and a mind that 
is alert and responsive. He bears the rejjutation of being a man whose 
ventures have ever been of a strictly legitimati- nature, and one who, 
while always ready to grasp an opportunity, has never dealt otherwise 
than in an honorcible manner with his fellow men. 

Mr. iloss was married in 1S76 to "Martha Thornberg, daughter of 
Thomas Thornberg who came to Madison county from (3hio and for 
years v.as the owner and operator of a farm in Richland township. 
There were six children in the Thornberg family: Richard and Calvin, 
who are deceased, John, ^lartha, Jennie Doris and Mrs. ^lary Lukens. 
At the time of the death of his brother-in-law, Richard Thornberg, ilr. 
Moss adopted one of the hitter's children, Thomas, v/heu he reared, and 
who is now a resident of Texas. 3.1r. ]^Ioss takes only a good citizen's 
interest in affairs of a public nature, but endeavors to support good men 
and progressive measures. His long residence in this community has 
gained him a wide reputation and many v/arm friends. 

Frederick Lantz. The proprietor of the largest store_ in Pendle- 
ton, Mr. Lant/ really belongs in the front rank^ of Madison oounty 
merchanis, and is still a young man who has attained a siriking busi- 
ness success at a time vv-hen most of his contemporaries are just begin- 
ning their careers. 

Frederick Lantz was born at Richmond, Indiana, February 26. ISSo. 
a son of Lewis F. and Luella Lantz. Both parents no-.- reside in 
Milton, ^'ayne county, this state. The family were early settled in the 
old Quaker" district of WajTie county, and the name has always been 
identified with integi-ity an.d the best of business principles. Frederick 
Lantz received his education at Richmond, but soon after his first 
lessons in life his father moved to :\Iilton in the same county, where 
he engaged in the dry goods business. The son. after attending the 
grade ^schools and graduating from the ^lilton high school, entered bis 
father's store at the age of eighteen and was in active association untn 
1907. At that date he came to Pendleton and went into the dry goods, 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 533 

clothing and shoe business at this town. In five yeai-s' time he has built 
up the largest business of the kind in the town, and has acquire4, a 
viTV prosperous trade both in the village and throughout the sur- 
rounding country. Mr. Lantz is a modern man of business, punctual 
ill all his affairs, keeping his enterprise up to date at every point, 
insisting upon the fair and square deal and while furnishing good 
service in merchandise to his customers also enjoys a fine degree of 
prosperity for himself. 

In 1906 Mr. Lantz married ^liss Elizabeth ^Morris. Mrs. Lantz 
was born in AVayne county, Indiana, was graduated from the Milton 
Higli school and v/as also a student of the Indiana State University. 
They are the parents of one child, Deborah, now four years of age. 
.Mrs. Lantz is one of the active members of the Pendleton Friends 
(,'hurch. Mr. Lantz has passed through thirty-two degrees of Scottish 
Rite ^lasonery, is past master of his lodge at ^Milton, was high priest 
of his chapter, and his local atTiliations are with Madison Lodge, No. 44, 
A. F. & A. 'Si. and with the ^Mystic Shrine at Indianapolis. Ivlr. Lantz 
east his vote for the Republican candidate with somewhat consistent 
regularity up to the campaign of 1912, but at that time joined tlie 
Progressive party and voted accordingly. 

Charles C. Studley. Among Madison county's sons who have 
attained distiuctiori in varied fields of active usefulness, none is better 
known or more highly estt-emed in his community than Charles C. 
Studley of Lapel, who as soldier, business man, public official and 
citizen has discharged ably and conscientiously every obligation of life. 
From the dark days of the Civil War, when he valiantly fought under 
the flag of his country, to the present time, when he is numbered among 
the most able and impartial justices of the peace that have upheld the 
dignity of this office in Stony Creek township, his record has bf-en 
unsullied, and a sketch of his career will show that his life has at all 
times been one of industry, integrity and general usefulness to his 
fellow men. Judge Studley was born on a farm in Stony Greek town- 
ship, ]Madison county, Indiana. August 2, 1843, and is a son of Datis E. 
and Ruth (Casler) Studley, the former of whom died in 1872 and the 
latter in 1870. Of their eleven children, ten were reared to manhood and 
womanhood, three sons served in the Union army, and three sons and 
two daughters still survive. 

Charles C. Studley passed his boyhood and youth on the home farm, 
securing his education in the common schools of Stony Creek to un- 
ship, which he was attending at the time of the oiTtbreak of the struggle 
between the North and South. Filled \nth youthful patriotism, with 
other school lads of his corsimunity, he enlisted in Company E, 130th 
Regiment, Indiana A'olunteer Infantry, and was mustered ii\to the 
United States service at Kokomo, Indiana, December 2, 1SG3. This was 
known as one of the hard-fighting regiments of the Union service 
and participated in many hotly-contested engagements, including those 
of the Atlanta campaign, where it was under fire for one hundi-ed and 
twenty days. In 1865, after two days of severe fightiug at Nashville, 
the Twenty-third Army Corps, with v/hich the 130th was identified, 
was ordered to form a conjunction with General Sherman on his famous 
march to the sea, and subsequently werit to Fort Fisher, Fort Anderson 
and Moorehead, North Carolina, then fighting its way to Raleigh. On 
April 14, 1865, the Confedei'ate general. Johnso)i. surrendered, and the 



534 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

Union forces moved on to Charlotte, where the men of Mr. Studley's 
regiment received their honorable disel\arge, he leaving the service witli 
the rank of duty sergeant, having gained promotion through fidelity- 
to duty and fearless participation in battle. 

On returning to the occupations of peace, ]\Ii'. Studley embraced 
the vocation of carpenter, at which he was working at the time of his 
first marriage, in Stony Creek township, September 9, 186G, to Misj 
Louisa Uauger. She died May 4, ISSO,- leaving four children, of whom 
three are living at this time : ^lartha J., single, a professional nur.^-, 
residing at Anderson, Indiana ; Alma, who is the wife of J. B. La Bouti..-. 
of Birmingham, Alabama; and Nora, the wife of Lewis Medill, engagi-J 
in the clothing business in that southern city. On February 19, 
1882, Judge Studley was married to ]Matilda Cotterell, and to this 
union were born three children : ^largaret, a graduate of the Lapel 
High school, and now the wife of B. B. Early, manager of the Western 
Union Telegraph Company, at Slielbyville, Indiana ; Charles AV., engaged 
as a glass blower at Kobinson, Illinois, who married Claude Ward; and 
Ruth, vv'ho is single and resides at home, a clerk in a store at Lapel. 

The family for many years has been identified v/ith the Methodist 
Episcopal Church, and its members have been active in religious and 
charitable work. Judge Studley is a member of the Improved Order 
of Red 'Men, and as a member of Hiram G. Fisher Post No. 366, Grand 
Army of the Republic, is serving as adjutant and was formerly com- 
mander. By a special act of Congress, he draws a pen.sion of twenty- 
four dollars per month in appreciation of his valued services during 
the Rebellion. In political matters Judge Studley was for many years 
a supporter of Republican principles, but in the campaign of 1912 
demonstrated his progressiveness by casting his ballot witli the new so- 
called '"Bull Moose" party. For many years he has acted in the 
capacity of justice of the peace, and the very length of his service^ gives 
evidence of the ability with which he has discharged the duties of 
his responsible office. He is well known in insurance circles as the 
representative of four of the leading companies, and so well has he 
managed his iitterests that he now enjoys the reputation of one whom 
success always attends, and his connection with any enterprise is take^] 
as a guaranty of its stability. :>Ir. Studley did not have wealth to aid 
him in the beginning of his career. His reliauQe has been placed in the 
more substantial qualities of perseverance, untiring enterprise, resolute 
purpose and conuuendable zeal, and his actions have ever been guided 
by an honesty of pur-pose that none have questioned. 

James D. McKenzie. Situated half a mile southwest of the^^town of 
Lapel in Stony Creek township the rural home of James D. McKen/.ie. a 
place of one 'hundred and twenty acres possesses all the attractive 
improvements and profitable quality for which ^Madison county farnis are 
noted throughout the state. 'Mr. McKeuzie has made farming his lift- 
work, has given it his best energy, and not only has substantial material 
fruits of his labors, but also the esteem and respect of the commu:!ity 
in wmich. he has for many years resided. 

James D. :McKenzie v^-as born in White River township in Hamilton 
county, Indiana, August 8, 1850, a son of Andrew J. and Nancy P. 
(Ferguson) :\IcKenzie. The fatlier, a native of Kentucky, v/as roart-n 
up to the age of fourteen in Cincinnati, Oho, and then came to Hamilton 
county, where he spent the remainder of his career as a farmer. In lb->o 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 535 

he was elected to the office of sheriff of Hamilton county, and cjave efficient 
si-n'ice in that capacity for one term. Besides farming he also followed 
the vocation of auctioneer, and was a well known figure in that county. 
Fraternally he was a Mason. His death occurred in DecemLer, 1876, and 
he was the father of nine children, the two now living being Andrew J., 
of ^Montana, and James. 

James D. ]\IeKenzie was reared on a farm in Hamilton county, and 
had the advantages of the district schools in that vicinity. On July 29, 
1871 he married Sarah R. Castor, a native of Hamilton and educated in 
the public schools there. Her death occurred in 1904. On April 2, 1908, 
ilr. McKenzie married for his present wife iMrs. Eva Eakin. who was born 
in White River to\mship of Hamilton county, and her nur'den name was 
Eva Shepard. She attained most of her schooling in Noolesville. The 
children of her first marriage are as follows: Grace, a graduate of St. 
Mary of the "Woods at Terre Haute, and uovr the wife of Fred Lucas 
of Peoria, Illinois; and George, who man-ied Eula Bales, and lives in this 
state. 31rs. ]\IeKenzie is a member of the Christian chur-:-li at Nobles- 
ville, while 'Sir. !McKenzie's church affiliations are with ihe AVesleyan 
i\lethodist. In politics he is a Republican, but has never held any official 
position, and has been content to give his vote for the cause of good 
government, and to lend a hand wherever possible to advance the best 
interests and welfare of his home community. 

ANDFiEW J. SiiETTERLV. Numbered among the progre^-^ive and ener- 
getic business men of Lapel, Indiana, where he has been identified with 
elevator interests since 189G, Andrew J. Shetterly is justly -.-onsidered one 
of the representative men of his native county. He is the fortunate pos- 
sessor of just those qualities which are essential t("> success in any line of 
business, and his long experience in his present venture has made him 
thoroughly familiar with its every detail. He belongs to an old and 
honored family of ]Madison county, and was bor.x on a fciiiii in Jackson 
township, December 23, 1865, a son of George L Shetterly. 

The Shetterly family was founded in Indiana by two 'rothcrs. David 
and Henry Shetterly, who were farmers and ministers of tlie ?>reLhodist 
Episcopal Church. Another of tlie name, William II. Sr-trtterly, was a 
prominent speaker an.,1 pi-eacher in Sto'-y Creek town>hip, where he 
founded the first seli.iol and devoted himself to the cause of education and 
religion. -David Shetterly. the grandfather of Andiew J. .Shetterly, was 
born in Ohio, and came to Indiana in 1836. ent^-ring a farn; from the gov- 
ernment, in Jackson tovrnship, where he spent the remaining years of his 
life. He had two sons and three daughters, of whom four children still 
survive : George L. ; Catherine, the wife of John Finley : Harriet, who 
married William Sural ; and Elmira, the wife of Felix Leev-r. 

George L. Shetterly was born in Ohio, and was a child vrhen he accom- 
panied his parents to Jackson township. He followed in the footsteps of 
his father and became an agriculturist, a vocation which be has followed 
to the present time vritli gratifying success, and. like his father, has 
devoted much of his time to the work of the ]\Iethodist Episcopal Church, 
in which he has served as class leader for many years r.nd as superin- 
tendent of the Sunday school. He and his wife, wlio iilso survives, have 
had twelve children, of whom eight are still living, name'.y : Oliver C. ; 
Catherine, who is the wife of Edvrard Johnson; Thom.::-.s F., a farmer 
of Stony Creek township, who resides at Lapel; Amelia, the wife of 0. 
P. Wise*; Abraham L. and Andrew J., twins; Cora B., who is the wife ol 



536 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

Harry Laytou; and George A., who is a glass worker ana resides at 
Lapel. 

Andrew J. Shetterly was reared on his father's farm in Jai;kson town- 
ship and received his education in the district schools. Early adopting 
the vocation of educator, he taught school for twelve teruis "in Kaiisa.° 
Colorado and Indiana, but in 1896, with two of his brothers. t-uibarkHd'iu 
the milling and elevator business at Lapel, under the firm style of Shet- 
terly Brothers. This venture has proved very successful and lias enjoyed a 
steady and continuous growth, its trade gradually extending beyond the 
limits of Lapel iiito the surroundiiig country. Mr. Shetterly is conceded 
by his associates to be a man of much more than ordinary business ability 
one who can be relied upon to fulfill his obligations, and wiiose integritv 
has ever been unquestioned. 

Mr. Shetterly was married to I\iiss Lizzie AVitiklepleck, who was born 
in Nebraska. They are consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church, and take an active interest in its movements. ]Mr. Shetterly 's 
fraternal connection is with Lapel Lodge, Independent Order of Odd 
Fellows, of which he is a cliarter member, being past nob!..- grand and 
a member of the Grand Lodge of the State. In politics a stal-.vart Repub- 
lican, he served as a member of the board of trustees of Stony Creek towi:- 
shi}) from 1901 to 1905, and the conscientious devotion to detail wlnth 
characterizes his business activities was brought to bear with satisfactory 
results upon the duties of his office. His popularity is attest'd by a wide 
circle of sincere friends in Lapel, and in business, social and private- life 
he is held in tlie higb.est esteem. 

WiNFiELD Shaul. The Shaul family, which AVinfield Shaui of this 
review represents irj this tov\nship, is one of the oldest in j.Iadison county, 
and the sidiject is the representative of the fourth generation to hold tlie 
land which the founder of the family entered from the goveriiment when 
the first of the name loc\ted here from the Keystone state in the earliest 
days of Indiana, long prior to her statehood. The first of the name to 
locate here entered land from the government, and ended his days in tlie 
cultivation of the wilderness tract he thus acquired. His son. Orange P... 
next gave his attention to the cultivation of the place, and iie in tiiru 
handed it dov.'n to his son, George K., the father of Winrieid. who was 
born on the old place on November 20, 187:"). So ]uuch for a brief sketch 
of the earlier generations of this family. 

George K. Shaul was born in Green township and was educated in rue 
public schools of this community. He lived a life of singul.ir usefulness 
in his native comnninity and served a number of years as a tri-.stei^ of the 
township. He was a prosperous farmer and a man of pr(ind..-rjce in the 
township. Fraternally he wtis a leader, and had mendjership ir^ tlie 
Knights of Pythias, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and the Red 
jNIen. His two children were Cliiiord D.. now superintcndenr if the Arti- 
ficial Gas Plant in Houston. Texas, who was a graduate of tlie Pendle- 
ton high, school and the State University of Indiana, and Wiiineld. whose 
name heads this brief sketch. 

Winfltdd Shatil was reared on the old family home and atiended the 
schools or his native community. He entered upon farming life in real 
earnest when he had reached years of discretion, and has ev-,-r devoted 
himself to that business, in which he has experienced a pleasing degree 
of success and prosperity. He has a fine place of eiglity acre? in Section 
14, and his residence is one of the most complete ceraen.t houses to be 



HISTORY OF .AfADISOX COUNTY 537 

found in the township. It was built as hite as 1911, and is thoroughly 
modern and complete in all its details. The farm itself is the identical 
one that came into the faniil}- when the Shauls settled in ]\Iadison county, 
Wiutield Shaul being the fourth successive generation to take up its abode 
on the farm. ]\Ir. Shaul is a prominent Republican in his township, and 
has a leading part in the activities of the party in his district. Fraternally 
lie is a member of Sicillian Lodge No. 234, Knights of Pythias, and also 
has niembersliip in the Modern AVoodmen of Afnerica, in which he carries 
a heavy insurance policy. 

On Alarch 20, 1896, ]Mr. Shaul was married to Alay Girt, who was born 
in Clarion county. Indiana. They have three children : George li., a stu- 
dent in the conunon. S'-hools and now aged fourteen years; Lavahan, aged 
twelve, and Leona ^L, nov; five years of age. The family are members of 
the ]\Iethodist Episcopal church, and have a secure position in popular 
regard in the community \\-here they liave so long been known. _ 

W. Frank ]\IcValgti. In AV. Frank ^McVaugh Aladison county has 
one of her most promising young men, and one in whom the public has 
already shown a measure of coniidence by electing him to the otHce of 
county surveyor in November, 1912. His previous record in the engineer- 
ing profession, though necessarily brief, had been , sufficiently praise- 
worthy to establish him as one of the coming men of the district, and 
the evidence thus far amply supports the judgment of those who called 
him to his present position. 

Born in Huntsvilh', Indiana, on September 26, 1SS5, W. Frank 
AleVaugh is the son. 01 Edward and Alary (Yerkcs; AIcYaugh, both 
of whom are now residents of Pendleton, as is their son, the subject of 
this review. He is one of the four children born to his parents, and 
he was reared in and about Huntsville, in Ffdl Creek township, receiv- 
ing his education in the Pendleton public, schools and in higher institu- 
tions of learning. He was graduated from the high school of Pendleton 
with the class of 1903 soon after which he entered Purdue University, 
where he took a three years' course in Civil Engineering. He followed 
his University training with a season of employment with tlie Rock 
Island Railroad Company in Arkansas as a membei- of their engiu-cring 
corps, and later \\as in the employ of the Ivenefick, Hammond & Quiglev 
Construction Company in Louisiana. In 1903 he returned to Purdue 
and there continued his engineering studies in that year. In 1909 he 
was with the ]Missouri, Oklahoma & Gulf Railroad as bridge engineer, 
but continued with them foi- a short time only. His service there was 
followed by employment with the Overland Construction Company, and 
he was in their employ until April. 1910, when he returned to Indiana 
and entered the employ of the Big Four Railroad Com.pany as civil 
engineer, continuing in that vv-oi'k until December 15, 1912, his work 
being confined to the Cleveland division. 

In November, 1912, the election 01 Air. AlcVaugh to the office of 
county engineer of Aladison county came, and he assumed the duties 
of his office on January 1, 1913, as has already been mentioned. 

Air. AIcA^augh was united in marriage in Alay, 1909, to Aliss Hazel 
V. Taylor, of Pendleton, vdiere she was born on September 10, 1885. 
She is a graduate of the Pendleton high school in the class of 1904, 
and in 1906 was a student in Earlham College, later substituting in the 
public schools of Pendleton on the staff of instructors. S.he v/as one 
of the most popular young women of her native town, and still retains 



538 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

her old place in the hearty esteem of her townspeople. One son has 
been born to Mr. and 3[rs. MeVaugh, born on September 27, 1910, and 
flamed William J., in honor of his father. 

Mr. MeVaugh is a Democrat, but has never taken any especially 
active parts in the political life of his community. Like his wife, h-j is 
popular and prominent in the town which has represented his' home 
from birth, and enjoys the confidence of all. 

James W, Potts. A business enterprise of Summitville which is 
a reliable source of supplies in the hardware and implement line to 
the greater part of Van Buren township in the store of James W. 
Potts and his partner, Mr. Vinson. :Mr. Potts has been known in 
Van Buren township since childhood. He is an aggressive and able 
young business man, and for a number of years foUovv^ed larDiing in 
this vicinity and in Delaware county. His practical knovrledge of 
agriculture has been an a,sset in his present business, since he knov/s 
exactly what the agricultural community needs in the way of it-s 
mechanical and hardwai-e supplies, and is a business man who looks 
closely after his trade and his stock, which has been the chief faeror 
in the success of liis establishment in Summitville. 

James W. Potts was born February S, 1871, on his father's farui in 
Van Buren township, about three miles southeast of Summitville, on the 
Peter Flint Gravel Road. His parents were Jesse M. and Sarah A. 
(Hudson) Potts. His father came to Indiana from North Carolina vrhen 
a young man, arriving in Anderson without money. He is the type of 
man who m.ado success from small beginnings. ^Miscellaneous work of 
any honest kind afforded him his iiveliliood for some time until he was 
married. He then rentej.. a farm from his father-in-la^v, James Hudson, 
and afterwards as his means increased bought eighty a ores. At the time 
of his death he was the 0A\'uer of one hundred and forty-three acres, 
and a man of substantial influence in the county. He was buried in 
Mt. Pisgah cemetery in .Monroe township. His children were: ^Mavrba 
A., deceased; IMrs. Mary Jane Ellsworth, deceased; Inlly A. Poindexter; 
^ James V,'. : William W., who is employed on the Cincinnati Times-Star 
at Cincinnati. 

James AY. Potts was reared on a farm. All his school associatious 
center about the Dageon school, in Van Buren township, which he 
attended from the time he learned his letters until his edueatio.n v.as 
considered comjilete. When he started out for himself he rented a part 
of the Hudson estate, and at the same time managed his father's farm. 
Afterwards he bought seventeen acres from the Hudson place, and con- 
ducted that little farm with profit for some years. He then sold it and 
moved to Dele ware county, where he rented a farm of seventy acres for 
two years. After that he bought back from his brother William W., the 
seventeen acres of his original homestead, and has since increased his 
owmership of land in this township to sixty-five acres. It is located t\vo 
and a half miles southeast from Summ-itville. His brother-in-law Wallace 
Poindexter attends the farm. On leaving the country, ilr. Potts engaged 
in business in Summitville, and in partnership with Oscar A. Vinson 
bought out what has long been known as the Summitville Hardware 
Company. 

On August 18, 1892, :\Ir. Potts married Miss Ida A. Young, a daughter 
of Ellison and Laura (Widener) Young. Five children have blessed 
their marnage, namely: Two who died in infancy; Londis L., in 



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HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 539 

high school; Jesse E., in the first year of high school and James F. 
Mr. Potts has fraternal affiliations with the Improved Order of Red 
Men, Neoskaleta Tribe, No. 149; the Knights of Pythias, Gas Belt Lodge 
No. 361; the Modern Woodmen of America, Camp No. 10434; and the 
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, No. 478. His church is the 
Christian denomination. When he can get away from business Mr. 
Potts enjoys nothing better than recreation in the woods, hunting and 
fishing and such other diversions as the outdoor life affords. 

LEv.qs F. MoBLEY, M. D. For twelve years in the successful practice 
of his profession at Summitville, Dr. Mohley is one of the able doctors 
in the northern part of Madison county, and has built up a splendid 
practice both in and about the town of Summitville. 

L. F. Mobley was born August 6, 1875, in Hartsville, Bartholomew 
county, Indiana, a son of Warren W. and Mary (Ryan) Mobiey. The 
maternal grandfather Ryan was a physician, one of the early members 
of the profession in this state, and was also a ]\rethodist minister, an 
old-time circuit rider, who exercised a beneficent influence over the large 
scope of country to which he ministered in the early days. Grand- 
father John ]\Iobley came from Baltimore, ]Maryland, and wes an early 
settler in Indiana, where he follo\\'ed the quiet pursuits of farming. He 
had been a soldier in the War of 1S12. 

Warren W. ]Mobley, the father, was both a farmer and a man of 
exceptional scholarship. He was born in Indiana, and spent his life 
on a farm near Hartville in Bartholomew county. He and his wife 
were the parents of eight children, namely: L. F. : Mrs. Ehic Day;. 
Nina; Otto; Homer, deceased; Herbert; and two that died in infancy. 

Dr. ■Mobley as a boy attended the common schools and the town- 
ship high school, and secured the means for his advancement to pro- 
fessional life, largely by teaching sch.ool, an occupation which he fol- 
lowed for two years. He then took two years of a normal and com- 
mercial course at Indianapolis. Li 1S9S he entered the Kentucky School 
of Medicine, and Avas there durijig that year and during 1900-01. He 
completed his medical studit-s in the Indiana College of ^Medicine where 
he was graduated M. D. in 1902. Dr. Moble}- moved to Summitville, 
April 28, 1902, and bought out the practice of C. P. Williams, M. D., 
since which time he has extended the original practice throughout Van: 
Buren township. 

Dr. ]\Iobley was married December 31, 1902, to Miss Louie Taylor, 
of Columbus, "^Indiana. They have one daughter, Ethel May, in second 
grade of school. The Doctor is affiliated with the Independent Order of 
Odd Fellows, No. 475 ; the Knights of Pythias, No. 361 ; the Improved 
Order of Red ^vlen, Neoskaleta Tribe No. 149 ; the Modern Woodmen ol 
America, Camp No. 10434, and he and his wife worship in the Baptist 
church. He also has membership in the Madison County, Indiana, State 
Medical Society and the American ^Medical Association. He is the city 
health officer of the town of Summitville. He is held in high esteem 
throughout the community to which he gives his professional services. 

Wilson Cory. Four miles south of the city of Anderson on the 
Cory gravel road in Anderson townsliip is located the fine farm of Wilson 
Cory, one of the best country estates in Madison county. i\Ir. Cory has. 
one hundred and twenty acres of land, and for many years has been 
successful as a grower of the various crops and as a stock raiser. The 
conspicuous feature of his place, which has in fact made it known all 



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540 HISTORY OF MADISON COUXTY 

over the south side of .Madison county is the fine barn. This is not 
only a structure built and equipped aeeoiding to the most modern and 
approved standards of farm-building construction, but attracts attention 
because of its unusual shape. The Cory barn is built in circular foru:. 
and is a notable departure from the usual plan. It is by no means a whim 
of 3Ir. Cory that he has built his barn in this manner, since by it.s 
form it provides much more space and gives a more effective arrango 
ment than the old rectangular metliod of construction. Wilson Corv 
was born in Madison county, ]\Iarch 4, 1842, a son of Abner and ^Nlartlui 
•Roberts) Cory. His fatlier was one of the early settlers of the county, 
having come from North Carolina in 1832, and the land which he entered 
in Anderson township was patented in a document bearing the signa- 
ture of President Andrew Jackson. The father came from North Caro- 
lina to Indiana. "Wilson Cory as a boy attended the common schools 
and spent his vacation times and mornings and evenings at v^'ork on the 
farm. He continued in that way until he was married and theii began 
as a renter on a portion of his father s land. 

On March 2, 18(i2, Mr. Cory married Karen H. McAllister, a daughter 
of John and Louisa (CfaJbraith) ^IcAllister. John McAllister came from 
Mason county, Virginia, was a farnit-r and stock dealer, and lived in 
Madison county nead}- all his life, and was an old-time pioneer. His 
parents, William and Belana (Connor) McAllister, brought hitu to 
Adams towriship when he was a child of fourteen years. The father of 
Mrs. Cory was known throughout tiiis conntry as '"Hog'' John ^McAllister 
on account of lys extensive dealings in hogs. There were ten chiku-en 
in the McAllister family, namely: Karen, the first wife of Wilson Cory: 
Emily Poindexter; Carshena, deceased; Beltana Manning; Decatur, who 
had the distinction of being the youngest I^Iason in Indiana, and is now 
deceased; William, deceased; Mary E., the present wife of Wilson Cory: 
Enos, deceased; Walter, deceased.; and John, a resident of Omaha, 
Nebraska. John McAllister and wife were buried tvrelve milei west of 
Auburn. 

Mr. W^ilson Cory by his first marriag'e was the father of tea children, 
who are mentioned as follows: Carey B.. wife of J. H. Hardy, is the 
mother of three children, Howard W., Kenneth, and Joseph, Kenneth 
being deceased; Estella ^I. is the wife of W. F. Roth, and has three chil- 
dren; Bertha L. is the wife of J. E. Rout, and has three children; John 
C. married Emma Reed; Martha B., marripd Mr. Catterson, and has 
two children named Kenneth and Grace M; Walter A. is the sixth child: 
Frank, of Los Angeles, is unmarried: Indiana R. is the wife of ]Mr. 
Brasket, and has one child, Carmen; Grace is deceased; and Mary K. 
is the wife of ^Ir. F. ]M. Johnson of Portland Oregon. 

After the death of his first wife Mr. Wilson Cory married a sister of 
his previous wife, Mary E. McAllister. The five children of this union 
are Cecil. Pauline, Russell N., Dollie, and Clarence, the latter two being 
deceased ?.Ir. Cory has been af^liated with the ^Masonic Order since 
1866, a member of'Ovid Lodge. The family worship in the Christian 
church. He is an extensive traveler, and during his long and active 
career has seen much of and enjoyed life in all its phases. 

In politics he was formerly a Democrat, but is now a Socialist, and 
has been for two years. Mrs. Cory was the first to own a red card of 
the Socialist organization in this county and her daughter Cecil was the 
first woman Socialist to vote the Socialist ticket in this county. 






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Andrew F. Kaufman. A man who has beeu connected with niany 
phases of the life of Madison county during a period extending over 
sixty years and who has always played his part well, is A. F. Kaufiuan, 
uow in the insurance business at Sunnnitville, and also serving in the 
office of justice of the peace. For years he has been connected with busi- 
ness and farming interests in this vicinity, and although of late years he 
has lived in town he is still near eriough to his farm to keep an eye on 
its management. 

A. F. Kaufman was born in Western Virginia, as it was known then, 
but now ]\[ason county. West Virginia, on March 1. 1844. His parents 
were John and Martha (Hughes) Kaufman, and John Kaufman was 
originally from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, his family having 
been planters in the early part of the previous century. Leaving the 
Shenandoah Valley John Kaafihan moved to iNIason county, and in 
1853, came on west and found a home in Boone township of Madison 
county. ]\Iuch land in this county was still opened to settlement, and 
he entered one hundred and sixty acres and proceeded to develop it and 
increase his enterprise, until he was one of tl'C most substaiilial farmers 
in the county. Eventually he became the owner of m.ore than five hun- 
dred acres of the fine land in Boone township. There were nine children 
in the family, two of whom are now living. Judsori and A. F. 

A. P\ Kaufman when a small boy was a pupil in the sciiools of Mason 
county. West Virginia, and was about ten years old v.hen the family 
came west and located in ]\Iadison county. He continued his education 
in the local schools of this county, and while growing up worked on the 
home farm. By the time he was sixteen years old he had qualified him- 
self for work as teacher, and for several terms hij followed that occupa- 
tion. After that he lived on the old h.omstead until ]892, and vv-as well 
known as a substantial farmer of the county. In 1392 he moved into 
Summitville, which town has since been his hon.s and the center of his 
business a-ffairs. For one year he was owner ard conducted a sawmill in 
the town. After that he took up gas fitting and machine v.'ork. In 1896 
iMr. Kaufman was elected justitje of the peace and has been retained in 
that office ever since. He has the judicial temperament and for a time 
his election to the ot^ce has been a matter of course, having no opposition, 
since his services were deemed so satisfactory that he had the undivided 
support of the entire community. Along with the work of his justice 
office he engages in insurance and represents several of the best fire and 
life companies. 

In 1864, on April 5, IMr. Kaufman married Mary E. Siler. They have 
been the parents of six children : Alva, married ^liss Josephine Run- 
van, and their four children are Bessie, Gladys, Frank and Mary C. 
Lillie M., now deceased was the Avife of Thomas E. Cartwright, a promi- 
nent resident of ^Madison county. John M.. city clerk and connected with 
the bank of Summitville, married Bertha Thomas, and their children are 
Russell, Harry, Arthur and Iris. Charles A., who is with the glass factory 
at Dunkirk, Indiana, married Stella Ernest, and they have three children : 
Ernest, Ruth and Clare. Harry C. married Mildred Harlan. William 
E. is deceased. Mr. Kaufman is affiliated with the Summitville Lodge 
No. 475, I. 0. 0. F., and with the Junior Order of United American 
Mechanics, Summitville Council No. 23. His church is the First Baptist 
of Summitville. He has always been a Democrat, and previous to his 
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one term, was also assessor for that township in 1888 and was a justice 
of the peace in Boone township for four years. 

Jesse D. Garr, ]\I. D. A physician whose practice has brought him 
into relations with a large number of citizens in the northern and west- 
ern parts of Madison county, Dr. Garr has been a capable member of his 
profession for many years, and enjoys a high reputation both in the frater- 
nity and among his patients and fellow citizens. 

Jesse D. Garr was born in 1856 in Howard county, Indiana, near 
Kokorao, a son of William and Lucy B. (Clore) Garr. William Garr was 
a native of Virginia, spent a number of years in Kentucky, and from that 
state moved to Indiana. The ten children in this family were Flo. YlW- 
dred, Mollie, Betty, Barbara, Abe, Crawford, Jesse D., John F., and 
Jennie, Ihe last named being deceased. 

Dr. Garr as a boy attended the common schools of Howard county, and 
spent a number of years as a farmer. lie prepared for college in Howard 
county, and later entered the Cincinnati Eclectic ]\iedical College where 
he was graduated i\l. D. in September, 1896. He practiced first in west 
Middleton, and Converse, then in Sims township, for iwo years had his 
office and practice at Campbcllsburg, and since that time has been in 
Summitville. 

Dr. Garr was first married to ^liss Laura Parsr)n, now deceased. Their 
six children.were William, Fred, Lela, IJoy. Ralph, and Homer. xVfter the 
death of his first wife Dr. Garr married l\Iiss Sadie Hatfield. Fraternally 
he is affiliated with the ^Masonic Order at Summitville, and the Independ- 
ent Order of Odd Fellows No. 691. In politics he is a Democrat. 

George Lilly. The late ^Ir. Lilly v/as one of the industrial leaders 
who in the past Ciuarter of a century have placed Anderson among the 
large productive centers of manufacturir;g in Indiana. His death on 
December 5, 1913, was consequently a distinct loss to all of Madison 
county. He was one of the founders and until his death president of 
the National Tile Company. This is an industry of which the community 
is properly proud. It has been in continuous existence for nearly a quar- 
ter of a century, and during this time it has been as much of an institu- 
tion, and iti many ways more valuable to the existence and welfare of a 
large portion of the population, as the court house, post off.ee, or any 
other particular institutioii which is regarded distinctly as belon.giug to 
the public. The National Tile Company's plant was estalilished in 1889. 
as the Columbia Encaustic Tile Works, with capital slock of seventy-five 
thousand dollars. Despite the fact that the plant was destroyed by fire 
in 1892, its growth was steady and its prosperity sure, and it has for 
some years been one of the most substantial of Anderson's larger indus- 
tries, with a capital of five hundred thousand dollars. 'Slv. B. 0. Haugh 
and George Lilly were the principal partners in the original enterprise. 
For many years IMr. Lilly was vice president and treasurer of the com- 
pany, but on the death of Mr. Haugh became president, and the full 
official directory up to the time of Mr. Lilly's death was as follows : George 
Lilly, president; Louis E. Lathrop, vice president; Harry Haugh. secre- 
tary ; and Louis S. Jones, treasurer. The chief output of the National Tile 
Plant is tiles for walls, flooring and fireplaces. The company has made a 
reputation for the high quality of these wares, which are now shipped 
throughout the United States as well as South America. They are par- 
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as for their distinctive coloring. The comp?iny have on their payrolls 
from three hundred and tifty to four hundred persons. It needs little 
calculation to understand that such an industry should be a large fac- 
tor in the aggregate business enterprise and economic welfare of a city 
like Anderson. The works comprise a number of brick buildings, and 
the machinery used in the nmnufacture is of the latest and most im- 
proved pattern. 

Mr. George Lilly was a native of Pennsylvania, born at Heading, 
Berks county, in February, 1860, and was therefore in his fifty-fourth 
year at his death. His parents were James W. and j\Iary E. (Kerper) 
Lilly. In 18G0, the family came to Indiana, first locating in Madison, 
and later moving to Lafayette, Avhere the father was employed in the 
railway service for some time. He subsequently engaged in farming, 
and served a term as sheriff of the county. Still later he was employed 
as superintendent in the railroad shops at Lafayette, and remained su- 
perintendent and machinist until his death in 1866. George Lilly at- 
tained his primary education in the public schools of Indianapolis, and 
after graduating from the high school he was connected wiih the Big- 
Four Railroad. Leaving railroadiiig in 1884, he became couuected v/ith 
the milling business in Indianapolis. Then in 1889 when twenty-nine 
years of age, he came to Anderson and associated himself with Mr. liaugh 
and Mr. Lathrop, in establishing the title factory. 

Mr. Lilly married ^liss Carrie Olmstead. of Cincinnati, a daughter 
of Hiram B. Olmstead, a prominent banker of that city. The one daugh- 
ter born to their marriage is Ella Marie, a graduate from Mount Ver- 
non Seminary in Washington, D. C. Mr. Lilly was one of the prominent 
Masons, being affiliated with Fellowship Lodge No. 681, A. F. & A. il. ; 
Anderson Chapter No. 52, R. A. M. : Anderson Commandery of the 
Knights Templar; and also with the Scottish Rite, including the Thirty- 
Second Degree, his membership being in the Consistory at Indinnapolis, 
and with ]\Iurcit Temple of the ]\Iystic Shrine at Indianapolis. In pol- 
ities he Avas Republican, and had served one terra as a member of the 
County Council. He was a member of the State Committee, and chair- 
man of the Eighth District at the time of his death. The Lillv home is at 
416 West Twelfth Street. 

Many tributes were paid by friends and business associates to the 
character and achievements of ^Mr. Lilly, but concerning his most inti- 
mate character, the most noteworthy was a brief discourse delivered by 
his pastor. Many of the more beautiful things of the intellectLial and 
spiritual realm had been translated by ^Ir. Lilly into his practical rela- 
tions with his fellow men and he was ever an upright kindly gentleman, 
whether on the street or in the factory or in his own home. 

"He was a citizen of the great business world, with spotless integ- 
rity. With him a good name was rather to be chosen than great riches, 
.and through these years, witli the ebb or flovv- of fortune, he was truly a 
man of God. . . . Books were his j)assion. How eagerly he sought 
the most perfect specimens of the printer's art! How he demanded 
that the page should be illuminant with the mark of merit, and his 
splendid library was collected with the most splendid culture and taste. 

"His heart, in the midst of all this, went out in such outpouring of 
love in those ways which lead up to books. What great care he bestowed 
upon that office to which he was called as trustee of one of our finest 
schools, Western College for Women, Oxford, Ohio, and one of the last 
visits I had with him he was seeking a man worthy to be trusted to be 



544 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

placed at its head. To his. cliureh he gave of hiiuseif and ox. his means. 
He cast his bi'ead upon the water. He was a consecrated man and in hi.i 
church he was truly a man sent from God. . . 

"Then the love that abideth is the love that endureth. The love that 
for thirty years and more transformed the four walls into a paradise- 
beautiful and absorbing in its beginning it seemed that each new day 
added sweetness to the sparkling cup of the new wine of pa.^.sion in his 
household. These beautiful years ended with a sorrow like the great 
world's altar stairs, that slope through darkness up to God. Tliere are 
intense moments when it is like this — 'Oh for the touch of a vanislied 
hand, aiid the sound of a voice that is stilled.' The good, tlie true, the 
pure, the just, take the charm for ever from tliem and they crumble 
into dust. The love that phumed this home and for thirty years and 
more kept it holy is as eternal, and by far more imperishable, tium the 
encaustic tile shapen and put on the market under his directing care. 

"Death came to him as it will come to all men, but death eauie as 
the fruition of his life — as the dewdrop tinds the heart of the rose. And 
when life's infiiiite summons came, it was with the sense of the Ever- 
lasting arms that were underneath, and that the eternal God is our 
abiding place." 

Chaxcey Vermillion. On the first day of January, 1910, Chaneey 
Vermillion, a pioneer resident of Kicliland township, and ^Madison 
county, died at his home, full of years and leaving behind him a 
record for useful living that will be an honor to his memory far inte 
the future. For seventy-six ycctrs he vras a resident of jiadison county, 
and few there are who won a more secure position in the hearts and 
minds of the people than did he. A farmer of the most prosperous 
order, he was long known to be a man of means, and he retained to 
his last years an active interest in farms and farming in and about the 
county. 

A son of Jesse and Catherine (Justice) Vermillion, he was born on 
the 12th of 3.[ay, 1834, on the iiome farra in ^Icnroe tovvnship, where the 
family settled vrhen they migrated from Lawrence county, Ohio. Jesso 
Vermillion was then a young man, just launching out into independent 
life, and lie gained a foothold in the new country in 1835 by entering 
a tract of one hundred and sixty acres of government land in jloiiroe 
township, where the family home was maintained for years. There the 
children were reared, and there Chaneey Vermillion passed the early 
years when character was being firmly moulded and habits of integrity 
and industry formed that were destined to direct the eour.se of his future 
life. "When Jesse Vermillion died he left a family of six children. 
Chaneey was the oldest, and the others were Elizabeth, Cynthia, Colum- 
bus, Samuel and Sarah. 

The schooling of Chaneey Vermillion was limited to a few months 
in a most inadequate and inefficient log-cabin school peculiar to that 




of these was his application to books all through his life. He came to be 
thoroughly familiar with the world's best literature, and was ever a 
close student and withal an intelligent and understanding one, of 
Biblical history. When a boy at home he worked for his father, and 
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store as liis father's assistant. \A^itIi the approach of manhood the 
young man undertook farming for himself, and he began his independent 
life on the old homestead that his father had entered from the govern- 
ment in earlier years. His farm of one hundred and forty acres on 
the ^loonsville Pike, some six miles from Anderson, he came into 
possession of in later years, and there the bulk of his accumulations 
was brought together. He was a capable farmer, and one who kept 
well abreast of the times, willing and eager to know the best in relation 
to the performance of his regular daily tasks. That progressive and 
enterprising spirit won for him his position of prominence in the 
community, his reputation for efriciency tiiroughout the county and all 
the material success that came his way in life. 

The first marriage of ]\Ir. Vermillion was to Amanda Pence, deceased, 
a daughter of David Pence. Their children were: Mary, who has never 
married, and Amanda, who married a Mr. Alvin Curtis and has t^^'0 
children, Thurman and Cecil. On the ITth of November, 1863, ]\Ir. Ver- 
million was married to ]).Iiss Esther Keieher, born on her present farm, 
a daughter of Peter and Katheriae (Lambert) Keieher, the father from 
Tennessee and the mother from A'irginia. Tlicy were old pioneer 
residents of ^ladison county and tiie first settlers in the neighborhood. 
To this second union of Mr. Verjiiillion were born five children, con- 
cerning whom brief mention is made as follows : Alice, the eldest, liv- 
ing at liome : Willis, who married Hattie Broadbent, aiid has a family 
of four children, Oliver, Easter, Ernest and Stella ; John married 
Bertha ]\Iatthew, and they have two daughters, !Mary and ]\Iarjorie; 
Elmer married Emma Keieher, and they have four children, 'Rhea, 
Doris, Kenneth and Conrad ^Marshall; Cora is the wife of AVilliam Beall, 
and they have Uvo childre]i, Xondas and Curren. 

From his marriage in early life until his passing a\'.'ay IMr. Vermil- 
lion was a consistent resident of Richland townsjiip, and his friends 
were legion. His advice was sought in matters of public welfare, and he 
served on many occasions as the arbiter of cases of dissension among his 
fellows. Good citir'ienship characterized him all his days, and none 
bore more stanchly their share in the civic responsibilities than did 
he. His fine country home was the center of hn--;pitality in the town- 
ship, and a great good-will ever prevailed on his dominion. In early 
life he was an enthusiastic ]\lason, but in his later years withdrew from 
his activities in the order and held little or no intercourse "with the 
society. But the spirit of brotherhood, despite that fact, was ever strong 
within him, as none will gainsay. A Democrat, he gave of his interest 
and energy to the furtherance of the cause of that party. Never a 
politician, he was yet one who felt a good citizen's interest in affaire 
of that ilk, and he played, well his part as a member of the party all 
the years of his life. His death, Arhich resulted from the effects of a 
paralytic stroke suft'ered some months previously, removed from Rich- 
land township one of the most hojiored and loved men that ever shared 
in the daily life of that community, and though three years have passed 
since his going, his memory is still fresh in the hearts of all who knew 
him. 

Joseph Chambers. The oldest living representative of one of the 
pioneer families of Madison county, Joseph Chambers, who lives retired 
at his home in Lafayette township, has had many varied and interest- 
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546 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

His home is a fine farm of two hundred acres, about tive miles north 
west of the city of .Anderson. Coneeniing the Chambers family and 
his early reminiscences in this county, Mr. Chambers has furnish.-' 
some valuable data which in succeeding paragraphs will be incorporated 
tor preservation m this work. A brief outline of facts eoncernin*^ his 
life and the family history is given preceding this account wh^ch 
comes directly from this interesting old citizen. 

Joseph Hiram Chambers was born in Bartholomew county, Indiana 
on the 4th of January, 18-1:5. His parents were Franklin and ^lavy 
(Drybread) Chambers. Franklin Chambers, the father, was born in 
Lawrence county, Indiana, a son of Hiram and Hannah (Thompson) 
Chambers. Hiram Chambers brought his family to Madison county 
in 1840. His children were named as follows: "^Franklin, John, Ma- 
hnda. Miller, William. Emily, Jane, Elijah, Caroline and Bassald 
Hiram Chambers spent the remainder of his life in tliis countv. He 
had four brothers, James, Francis, AVilliam and Smith, and one* sister. 
Nancy Short, but all are deceased. James lived on the farm in Dela- 
ware county now owned by :\Ii]es AValters, and of his familv there are 
but two children living, Polly Walters and Julia Ann Walters. Francis 
Chambers lived on the farm now owned by Weems Bronnenberg, and 
of his family, tliere are also hut two children living. Adeline Wigner 
and Mary Young. William Chambers lived in the soiithern part ot°tbe 
state, and it is not known whether he has children living. Smith 
Chambers Ijved on the farm novv- owned by Henry Boner. °In about 
184S or 1850 Alary Chambers, the mother of Joseph Chambers, bought 
the pvoperty of Smith Chambers, and he then moved to Clinton countv, 
Indiana, and died there a fevv- years later. He has but one child liv- 
ing, Angeline Hart. Hiram. Francis and Smith Chambers had adjoin- 
ing farms and reared their families together. As they married they 
located their new homes around in the same vicinity. "^ and it became 
known as the Chambers neigh1)orhood. 

Franklin Chambers, tne oldest of the children of Hiram and Han- 
nah Chambers, was educated for the most part in Lawrence county. 
Indiana. He was a farmer, and by his marriage to A.^ary Drybreadj 
which occurred in Delav/are county*^ this state, he had three children: 
Julian, deceased, who married John Michaels; Joseph H.. the subject 
of this sketch; and Hannah, deceased. The mother was twice married, 
first to Thouias Camby, and they had one child. Alelcena, deceased. 

Joseph Chambers was a baby when he was brought to Aladison 
county, and he was four years of age wiien his father died. For the 
three following years his home was in Delaware county, after v/hich 
they moved to Richland township, where tliey lived for seven years and 
then moved to Lafayette township, where he has resided ever since. 
When fourteen years of age he took charge of the home farm, con- 
sisting of eighty acres, and thus at an early age had severe responsibili- 
ties thrust upon him, but it has been the tribute paid him by his old 
associates that he always bore his burdens faithfully and discharged 
every debt, whether in money or obligation, ever imposed upon him. 

On February 1, 1866, he married Rebecca Pritchard. a daugliter of 
Samuel and Afartha (Davis) Pritchard. Samuel Pritchard. who came 
from South Carolina, was a farmer and located in Aladison county, 
spending many years in iVdams township. He was a son of Benjamin 
Pritchard, who was among the oldest settlers of Aladison county. 
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HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 547 

children: Mary, Luciiida, Clarinda, Phillip, George, Louisa, Jane, 
Margaret, Rebecca, Peter, Sallie, Calvin (who was killed in the Civil war 
while serving for the Union), ^Martha, Samuel, Susan and Benjamin. 
^Irs. Rebecca Chambers was the last of her family in Madison county 
with the exception of one sister, ^lartha Davis, now living in this town- 
ship. Mr. and Mrs. Chambers became the parents of five children: 
j\Iary I., now deceased. Martha, tlie wife of S. A. Alexander, who lives 
near Frankton in Lafayette township, and is the mother of four children, 
Joseph, Herchel, Forrest and Ernest. James C. married Emma Bolin, 
is a resident of Lafayette township and has the following seven chil- 
dren, Edna, Thelma, Mildred, Dorothy, Joseph Theodore, Robert Lee 
and Howard. Anna is the wife of Byron Stevens, and has four chil- 
dren, Everett, ilary. Donna and ^larcus. Arthur, who married Addie 
Bilby, has the following six children: Alice, George, Hazel, Mabel, Earl 
and Chester Lee. ilr. Joseph Chambers has been a farmer all his life, 
and is a successful one. He has interested himself little in politics 
except so far as to be always ready to promote the welfare of his home 
community. ^Ir. and Mrs. Chambers are members of the Christian 
church. 

Mr. Joseph Chambers, so far as known, is the oldest of the Chambers 
name now living, and as he looks back over the past receding years it 
seems but a short while to him since Smith Chambers and xVnn, his wife, 
gave a turkey roast oji Christuuis day of 1864. As well as he can 
recollect the ones who attended that celebration, and who have since 
passed away, are : Smith Chambers and his wife Ann, George Cham- 
bers and wife Rebecca, Jolin Chambers and wife, William Chambers, 
Mary Chambers. Rachel Chitty, Susan Chitty, Hilary Bodle, 'William 
Barnes, Lindy Barnes, Juliana ^liehaels, Samuel Rick, Elizabotii Rick, 
Daniel Walters, Elizabeth Walters, Free Boner and wife, James Short, 
and Henry A\'aiters and wife. The attendants on that occasion still liv- 
ing are : Polly AValters, Juliann AValters, ]\liles Walters, John Michaels, 
Tishy Boner, Sarah S. Eshelman, and Joseph Chamber's. Out of thirty- 
two only nine are living, but there may have been others in attend- 
ance whom he has forgotten. 

"The first school I ever attended," says Jo.seph Chambers in his 
reminiscences, "was in a little schoolhouse in Richland town.sldp not 
more than twenty feet square, made of round logs. It had a fireplace 
in The north end that burned wood about four feet long. The chimney 
was made of mud and slats driven out above one inch square. The door 
was in the east side, and on the south end was the window. It was a 
log cut out, and the window glass was put in about one foot v/ide the 
entire width of the room. Under that window was the writing desk. It 
was a plank about eighteen inches wide. Holes were bored in the logs 
of the wall, pins stuck in and this board was laid on those pins. The 
benches were made of slabs. Mosc Treadway was the teacher. I went to 
this school two or three terms. The house stood about eighty rods west 
of where Henry Boner now^ lives. The ones living who went to that 
school are: Betsy Ann Bigsby, A. J. Barracks, Adaline Wigner, Gil- 
tert Scott, Hester Ann Delp and myself. If there are any more I 
have forgotten them. In about 1854 they built a frame schoolhouse 
about eighty rods north of the old one. Isaac Scott was the first teacher 
that taught in the new house. The last school I went to in that house 
was in 1859, taught by A. J. Barracks. He gave a prize for spelling, and 
three of us tied — ^larv Young, Ned Johns and myself, and the teacher 



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gave each one a prixe. All three of us are living. Tlie Clianibers Cliris- 
tiau eluirch was organized in that house by Ebenezer Thompson wiih 
seven members— Ilinun Chambers and wife, John Chambers and wil'..-, 
Susan Chaiubei's, Mary Chambers and Nancy Scott. Tliey held meet- 
ings in that house until it burne<:l in 186!). Hiram Chambers deeded to 
the churcli the ground and they built a church house there and it is 
still standing. 

*'\Ve had no buggies then in which to go to church. If we went to 
church with our best girl we walked, if it v/ere not too far; if it wt-re 
too far to v.'alk we rode horseback. If the girl had a horse and side- 
saddle we rode a horse apiece, if not we ])otli rode the same horse, the 
girl riding behind. Our clothing was home made, ^ly mother kept a 
few sheep, and we would shear them and wash tlie wool, pick it, take 
it to the Vvoolen factory, have it carded into rolls, take it liome. and 
mother would spin it into yarn. She would then color it and weave it 
into cloth. She would make flannel for herself and the girls and .jeans 
for me, and this is what our clothing consisted of for the winter. 

"I rode on the first st^am car that came to Anderson. They ga\e 
a free ride to Pendleton and back. Anderson was but a small place 
then, and they called it Anderson town. There were but about three 
stores iti the place. I have seen it groAV to be quite a city. "We had 
no family reunions then, and the last was the seventh reunion of the 
Chambers' family. These reunions have been a particularly pleasant 
occasions for tlie older members especialh*, of the Chambers family." 
Mr. Chambers also speaks of the somewhat melancholy circumstance that 
each year witnessed the passing of some face which had been visible 
in the previous assembly, but that each year uevv youjig faces eame 
to fill in the picture where the old were blotted out. 

Edgar \V. Farmer, a railway postal clerk on the New York Ceiitriil 
Lines between Cleveland, Ohio, and St. Louis, ]\ris.souri, lives on Indiaiia 
Avenue, Noi'th Anderson. He was born here Febrsiary 2'), 186S. 

The Farmer family is better known, probal)ly. than any other fam- 
ily in Anderson township outside of the city of Anderson and ranks 
an)ong the. older ones in the county. Charles }.[. Ffirmer i April 16, 
1846— June 27, 1!>10) and Mary L. Cummins Fancier (Nov. 27, 18 iS— 
Nov. 16, J 900), the parents of Edgar, moved from Henry county. In- 
diana, imiuediateh' after their marriage and bought t'wo acres of land 
of Isaac Clilxord. There were then about six houses in v. hat is now 
known as North Anderson. Indiana A.venaie was then a mud road lined 
by woods on botli sides except an occasional clearing for a dwelling. A 
little house was built on the laiid purchased, and here the children, Ed- 
gar W., Harold W., and Jessie M.. and John S. were born. Cluirle^. the 
father, had been left an orphan at the agt^ of nine years and was tl^e uld- 
est of a family of four children. His first work was in a brick yard at 
twenty-five cents a day. From this on he toiled early and late, manag'-d 
carefully and lived fnigally. By this means he kept his mother in com- 
fort, supported his brotliers until their death in early manhood as well 
as his sister until her marriage. Besides this he raised and educat-'d 
his children, added a little to his land from time to time and established 
the wholesale market garden and greerd\ouse business which is now con- 
ducted by his son, Harold. 

The Farmer family is one of the pioneer families of Indiana. John 
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caster oonnty, Pennsylvania. From here the family moved to Frank- 
lin county, Virginia, wliere a grandson, also named John, married ]\lary 
P. Showalter, a granddaughter of another soldier of the Kevoluiion. 
John and his young vrife moved to Wayne county, Indiana, in company 
with the Showalter fastiily and settled first in AVayne and later in Henry 
county. Here their fourth son, Isaiah (Jan. 16, 1825 — Sept. IS. 185:5), 
father of Charles and grandfather of Edgar, was born. His death at 
the early age of twenty-eight was caused by typhoid fever and he left 
his wife, P^lizabeth Fifer Farmer (May 22, IS'lT— April 27, 1892) and 
four children as has been stated. It is related of him that he was a 
stoekih- built man and was considered to be a man of great strength 
among the jjioneers where bodily strength and agility were highly re- 
garded. He could shoulder and carry a barrel of salt. To his occupa- 
tion of farming he added the trade of basket weaver v.hich he learned 
from his father. AVhile the Chicago-Cincinnati division of the Pennsyl- 
vania railroad was building he set up a barrel of v/hiskey in his kitchen 
and added to his scant income the profit on the sale of whiskey to the 
workmen at five cents a drink served in a pint tin. There were no re- 
strictions on the sale of liquor at that time and no more odium was at- 
tached to- its sale than to I he sale of calico or groceries. 

On the side of his motlier Edgar Y\'. Fariner traces his line of de- 
scent through the Scotch to the Norman French. FifUiing Cummins 
was his maternal grandfather and tlie name Cummins is a variant of the 
French name Comyn, the famih- name of the Earls of I^vlonteith. His 
maternal grandmother was ilarenda iMaini, a daugliter of 3Iichael ]\Iann, 
born in Virginia on Januar}^ 6. 1794, of German parents. He spent most 
of his life at ]\Iechanicsburg, Indiana, and died at the age of ninety-five. 

Edgar was married to Eli^^abeth ]Moore June 21. 1890. and they have 
three children. Hallie is a student at the Indiana State Normal at 
Terre Haute, Indiana. Ray is a student at homo and Doroth;,- is a school- 
girl. The Farmer family are members of the Indiana Avenue Church. 
Charles ISI. Fancier an.d Rev. David D. Powell organized this church 
and Mr. Farmer was a member of the Official Board of the church until 
his death.. His sons, Edgar AY. and Harold AY., each served for several 
vears as Sunday School Superintendent and both are now members of 
the Official Board. 

Isaiah Farmer was an old line AVhig. Charles AI. Farmer was a life 
long Republican and ranked his i>arty along A^itli his country and Ids 
church. In. the natural course of development his sons are all Pro- 
gressives. 

Newton Burke was born in Counersville, Fayette county, Indiana, 
and died in July, 1907. He was a contractor, a vocation he con-, 
tinned to follow during the best years of his life. A veteran of the 
Civil war, he participated actively in a number of important engage- 
ments, and was honorably discharged at the close of his term of enlist- 
ment, aTter Avhicdi he took up his abode in xVnderson and here plied his 
trade up to the close of his long and useful life. His widow, who sur- 
vives him, still resides in Anderson, and is now in the sixty-second year 
of her age, enjoying hale spirits and in full possession of her faculties. 

John C. Johnson. Honesty and stability of character are the foun- 
dation stone of a young man's life, and in' the formative period, when fit- 
ting him.self for the l-attle of life, with those attributes of character, to- 



550 . HISTORY OP MADISON COUNTY 

gether with a fair measure of ambition, one is sure to arrive at the goal 
of his desires. 'Mr. Jolmson is a native son of 2Iadison county, Indiana, 
and has liere resided all his life. His days here have been as an opoii 
volume to the citizens of Van Bureii township and the contiguous ter- 
ritory; and the people of his townsliip have conferred upon him the high- 
est honor in oflicial position in their gift. — that of township trustee. The 
supervision of the schools, highways, bridges, etc., and all pertaining to 
the interest and welfare of the township have received his closest atten- 
tion, and now, in the winter of 1913-14, his friends and acquaintances 
have solicited him to become a candidate on the Democratic ticket for 
the office of county cleik, and with straightforward lionest\' he is making 
the canvass, his candidacy seeming to meet the approbation of all. 

A man of a jovial, kind and social nature, he uiakes friends easily 
and holds them steadfastly, and it is the expectation of many that he 
will carry the election at the head of his ticket. As one v\-ho thorougldy 
understands the requirements of modern education, he has already 
shown himself the champion of the local schools, and has used his best 
efforts to promote the efficiency of the local system. 

John C. Johnson was born on the Joseph Johnson farm in section 
twenty-two on the niiiih of November, 1877. His parents v.^ere Joseph 
and Elizabeth (Allen) Johnson. Joseph Jolinsou married I\Iiss Alien in 
Hancock county, and then brotight his young wife to Madison county in 
1869, where he bought land in A'an Buren townsiiip. Successful as a 
farmer, he was also a man of more tlian ordinary local influence. He 
was twice elected township trustee of Van Buren tow'uship, and was 
always a willing worker in any community enterprise. His death oc- 
curred April 7, 1908, and he is buried in the cemetery of the Odd Fel- 
lows soutii of Summitville one and one-half miles. There were thirteen 
children in the famih', whose names vrere: Manson N., ]\linerva J.; 
Jesse A.; Daniel M.; 5lary E., who died May 28, 1910; Lewis V'.; Etta 
L. ; Amanda L. ; John C. ; Delia A.; Pearl Ax.: James if. and Sarah C. 
The three last named are now deceased. 

John C. Johnson spent his youthful days on the horns farm of his 
- parents in Van Buren township, and as a boy first went to the old Zede- 
kar schoolhouse No. 1, in Van Buren township. For one year he was 
in the Sounnitville high school, and t-ompleted his edueation with one 
term of study in the Fairmount Academy in Grant eounty. It was his 
ambition to become a member of the legal professioii, and v\-itli that end 
in view entered in 1896 upon a course of law studies under the- able in- 
structions of the Hon. Thomas Bagot, an honora])le and suceessfrd ia^y- 
yer. But ill health at that time intervened in the carrviug out of ^this 
cherished desire and he returned to the farm. In the intervals of his 
school training Mr. Johnson worked on the farm, and vvas thoroughly 
trained fo»' farm life and systematic business principles. Farming has 
been his regular vocation, and the cause of his most telling prosperity. 
He has a well improved eighty in section fifteen of Van Buren township, 
though he does not maintain his residence on the home place for h.e 
moved into Summitville on November 7, 1907, where he has an attractive 
'and comfortable home with his mother. 

His election to the office of trustee, already referred to. came in 1908. 
and he has held the office up to the present time. Frateriially he is affil- 
iated with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks No. 478, the Im- 
proved Order of Red :\Ien, No. 149, and the A. F. & A. :\I., No. 691. His 
familv are members and attendants of the Primitive Baptist church. 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 551 

AiAjEN Peters. One of the present county commissioners of Madi- 
son county, Mr. Peters is one of the most efficient and popular officials 
of the couuty, and the public business has never been entrusted to abler 
hands than to those of Mr. Peters. He was formerly a teacher and 
merchant in this county, where he has spent all his life and represents 
one of the oldest and most prominent families in the history of Madison. 
He had been connected more or less with political affairs for many years, 
and at the present time is engaged in farmiug in Boone township. 

Allen Peters was born September 2, 1869, on the old Peters farm 
about eight miles northeast of Elwood in Boone township. He still re- 
sides in the vicinity where he was born and reared and most of his asso- 
ciations have been with this section of the count;.. His parents were 
Edmon H. and Eliza (Hull) Peters. His father was a native of Brown 
county, Ohio, and the five children in the family are mentioned as fol- 
lows: Emma Chaplin, of Boone township; Allen; Mrs. Cora Kiatt of 
Duck Creek* township ; James E. and Mrs. Ethel Mann. 

As a boy Allen Peters attended the common schools of Madison 
county, and most of his education was acquired in the lied Oak school- 
house which stood on the corner of the Peters homestead. He finished 
his preparation for life in the college at Danville, Indiana, and with 
this equipment attained a certificate and for eight terms taught in Boone 
township and was a teacher for one term in Van Buren. He continued 
to apply his energies to fara^ing and teaching until 1S92. In that year 
he engaged iu the hardware business at Summitville under the firm name 
of McLain and Peters. This business was conducted prosperously until 
1898. In 1899 Mr. Peters took the superintendence of the old home 
farm, and in the following year bought a place of his own of fifty acres 
adjoining the old homestead. In 1900 he took charge both of his 
own farm and the estate of his father, and has since operated about 
four hundred acres of the fine soil of Boone township. On May 13, 
1900, M-'. Peters married Miss Fannie F. McDermctt. Their childi'en are 
Rober^" P. now deceased, and Violet E. in the 7th grade of school. Mr. 
Peters is atfilated with both the subordinate and Encampment degrees 
of Odd Fellowship, belonging to the Lodge at Summitville, and the En- 
campment at Elwood. His other fraternal affiliations include the 
Kjiights of I*ythias, Gas Belt liOdge No. 361, and the In^proved Order of 
Red Men, Neoskaleta Tribe. 

For the past twenty years he has been quite active in public affairs, 
and his first important position was as deputy assessor in Boone town- 
ship in 1892. He served as trustee of the township from November, 
1900, to January, 1905, and during this time he administered the affairs 
of the townhsip in a praiseworthy manner and the schools in particular 
prospered under his term of office. Two years ago he was elected com- 
missioner from district No. 3 by a large majority and has made an excel- 
lent record in that office. He and his family have membership in the 
Methodist church. 

Robert E. Webster. Near Summitville in Van Buren township^ is 
one of the fine country homes of Madison county, a place which for 
years has given a distinctive character of prosperity and well ordered 
enterprise to the country life of this section of the county. It is the 
farm occupied and owned by Robert E. Webster who_ was born on the 
place and has been identified with agricultural activities in this section. 

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552 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

all his life. In his home place he has eighty acrc-s aucl.also owus auot'a.ji- 
farm of seventy acres east oi Sumiuitville about two miles. 

Robert E. Webster was born in Madison county on his present tisrate 
February 25, 18G8, a son of Daniel AY. and Elizabeth (Bear) \Yebstcr. 
The family belongs to the same stock which in an earlier day pro- 
duced the noted orator and statesman Daniel Webster. Daniel W. 
Webster was the son of Robert and Rebei.-ea (Fisher) Webster. Robert 
Webster during the early days brought his family from the state of 
Delaware to Madison county, aud reached this part of Indiana in timu 
to secure land' direct from the government in Boone township. Later 
he sold his old homestead and moved ijito Van Bureu to'>vnshiij. Daniel 
W. Webster and wife had a family of seven children, namely : Oliver, 
Robert E., Jane Canup, Daniel F., Arthur; and two that died in infancy. 

Robert E. Webster was reared in Van Burtn township, aud all his 
early schooliilg was attained in the old Allen school. His first teacher 
was Jol^u Vinson, and undqr other instructors he eontiniHjd until he 
was fairly well equipped in the fundauientals of knowledge. While a 
schoolboy he also worked on the farm, and at the age of twenty-six 
began rejiting the home place, where he has since lived and of wliicli 
be has since become owner. 

Mr. Vv'ebster was married April 21, 1894, to Miss Ett;i L. Johnson, 
a daughter of Joseph Johnson, one of the well known old residents of 
Madison county, coricerniug whom more information will be found on 
other pages of this work. The three children of Mr. and ^Irs. Webster 
are: Ethel, Vern, Joseph Vv". and Helen E. ^Ir. Webster is affiiiat<:;d 
with the KTUghts of Pythias Gas Belt Lodge, No. 861, and his family 
belongs to the r\Iethodist church. By good management aud with 
thrifty ideas of agriculture he has brought his place to rank v/itii the 
best improved in Yaii Buren township. He built, in 1012. a modern 
residene-j, and has a complete set of nev\" out-buildings. 

Daniel F. ^^Iustard. The president of the vCiti/ens Bank of Ander- 
son, Danitjl F. ^Mustard, is an old-time resident of ^Madison s-ounty, having 
lived within the boundaries of this civil division of Indiana all of his 
life. He belongs to a family wliose name has been borne with honoi- and 
usefulness in this county for practically all the j'eai*s since the pioneer 
epoch, and his own career has been one of exceptional service, begiiuiing 
with the time of his part in the Civil v/ar as a soldier of the Union and 
continuing with distinguished positions in the public attture of the 
county and with over thirty years of active connection with banking 
in Anderson. 

Daniel F. Alustard was born in Lafayette township, 2^Iadison county. 
on the 20th of October, 1844. In 1850 his father, AVilliam ^lustard, 
who was an ea.rly settler of this county, moved from Fayette township to 
Anderson. Daniel, or Dan, as he is more familiarly iaiown among his 
friends and associates, entered the public schools of this city and there 
remained, working at intervals in his. father's shoe shop, learning the 
shoemaker's trade, until he reached the age of seventeen. He was a 
good student, and also diligently applied himself to acquiring a trade as a 
basis for his subsequent work in life, soon becoming an expert and skilled 
workman. 

When the Civil war came on he was sixteen years old. About two years 
went by, and then his patriotic enthusiasm would no longer allow him 
to stay 'at home, and on the 6th of April, 1863, he enlisted in the Thirty- 



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fourth Indiana Infantry as a private in Company I. After about fifteen 
mouths of service he vv'as detaehed, and until the close of the rebellion 
was a musician in the regimental band. He was with his command during 
the memorable siege of Vicksburg in the sumuier of 1863 until the very 
last battle of the war at Palmetto Kanch in Texas, a small skirmish 
fought on the 13th of ^lay, 1865, fully a month after the surrender of Lee 
to Grant at Appouiattox. Owing to conditions existing with Mexico 
at that time the regiment was retained in Texas Linlil Februaiy, 1866, 
when it was discharged, this regiment having the honor of beiug the last 
one discharged from the service. Returning then to Anderson, Mr. .ilus- 
tard once more became associated v/ith his father in the boot and shoe 
business, remaining with him until March, 1868. He was then given 
the appointmuut of deputy auditor under James M. Dickson, a position 
which he filled with credit to himself and with fidelity to the interests 
entrusted to his charge for two and a half years. On leaving the auditor's 
office he was employed by Dr. Joseph Pugh, at that time treasurer of the 
county, as a clerk i]i his olfice, remaining there for a number of months. 
Later for six months he was employed in the recorder's office. This was 
followed by service as doput}- clerk under Thomas J. Fleming. On leav- 
ing the clerk's oflice in 1871. Mr. Mustard took a position as book- 
keeper in the First National Bank of Anderson, and in that way gained 
his first detailed experience of banking. He remained with the First 
National until August, 1873. 

When Weems Heagy v.'as elected to the office of county treasurer 
Mr. Mustard was again appointed deputy treasurer, and fulfilled the 
functions of that position v.^hile Mr. Heagy was treasurer, a period of 
four years. The fine business qualifi-.-atiuL-s of the deputy treasurer, 
together with his long experience in that and other county offices and 
his thorough, integrity both in public and private life, caused his many 
friends in the party and county to present his nau>e for nomination in the 
office of county treasurer. They carried their point successfully, and he 
was nominated on the first ballot and in the ejection was chosen by a 
vote which was in the nature of the highest possible persfuial compliraeiU, 
for he ran two hundred votes ahead of his ticket. His name was on the 
ticket that elected "'Bluc- Jeans" "vVilliams for governor of Indiana, in 
the memorable campnign of 187G. AVhen his term of office expired ilr. 
Mustard was again placed in nomination' by his party and re-elected by 
a majority of over nine hundred. He thus served two terms in that 
important office, and since then has been closely connected with the busi- 
ness affairs of Anderson. 

Politically ]\Ir. ^Mustard is a stalwart Democrat, and since arriving at 
the age of majority has been an ardent worker for the success of his 
party. He is an Odd Fellow, -^nd has received all the hon.ors that a 
subordinate lodge can bestov.-. He has been treasurer of Anderson Lodge, 
No. ]I31, and of Star EncampniL-nt, No. 84, for more than twenty-seven 
years. 

In 1871 ilr. Mustard was married, and his children (as he calls th^.-m'! , 
six in number are : Fred E. Mustard, his only son, and his wife Nelda 
and daughter Janet; ^Mrs. Ethel "SI. Cline, his only daughter, her hus- 
band, Frank C. Cline, and their daughter Adelaide Johana, all of whom 
live near his home in Anderson, and this is an exceptionally happy and 
devoted family. 

Industrious to a fault, temperate at all tim.es and under all cir- 
cumstances, frugal and cautious in the disposition of his means, Daniel 



554 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

F. iAIustard has for a number of years been honorably accumulating for 
hjmself and family a handsome competence. In his public as WpI 
as private relations with his fellow citizens it can be truthfully said t'l 
•his honesty has never been questioned or brought into «iue.stion Stro-"- 
in his attaehnients and quick to appreciate a generous act, he can app,3 
eonndently to his generation and to those who have known him frch- 
childhood, in sunsnine and shade, to say that lie has not been ungrateful! 

, George B. McDeriiit. One of the independent and progressive 
tarmers ox Boone township is George B. I\IcDermit, who has in his homo 
place, located on the rural free delivery route No. 28 out of Elwood 
one hundred and twenty acres of fine and well improved land his 
motlier's place, and he also owns and operates other land in the saiae 
township aggregating -more than two hundred acres. He condur-t. 
his farming on businesslike principles and after looking over his <^ariu 
and understanding somewhat of the man it is not diiucult to under- 
stand his reasons for success, 

George B. I)c:Mermit was born on the McDermit farm which he now 
occupies, the date of his birth having been December 28, 1871. He is a 
son of Samuel and Julia (Miiuiick) McDermit. Samuel McDermit came 
from Mason county, West Virginia, and bought land in Boone town- 
ship of Madison county, comprising a portion of the estate now ownf^d 
by his son George. The I^Iinnick family also came from Mason count\- 
West Virginia, and Mr. McDermit 's mother had one sifter, Sarah Ov/r- 
shiner, who lives in Boone township. :dr. :\IcDermit's father was buried 
at Forestville ce/netery. The children in the family of Samuel SIcDernni 
and wife were eight in number, mentioned as follows: ]!ilarc-aret de- 
ceased; Martha Minnick; John D. ; Edward; Charles E.; Samuel' H.; 
one that died m infancy; and Mr. IMcDermit of this review. 

George B. McDermit as a boy grew up on the old homestead in Booae 
township, and during the winter seasons attended tlie Red Oak sciiool- 
house. He finished his education in the ]\Iarion Normal College, but 
did net prepare for teachir.g, and has followed, agricultural activities all 
his life. While attending school he also worked on the farm, and is a 
thoroughly experienced man in farming and stock raising. He began 
by renting land, and from the gradual accumulations of^his induslry 
and thrift saved enough to increase his landed properLy from time to 
time, and now the McDermits have one of tlie best estates in Boone 
township. 

Mr. McDermit -is unmarried. Fraternally he is affiliated with the 
Improved Order of Red :\len, the Neoskaleta Tribe, No. 149, and the 
Haymakers at Alexandria, Indiana. 

• Ralph B. Clark. In his native city of Anderson Mr. Clark has 
found ample scope and opportunity for effective business enterprise 
and has gained a secure position as a representative citizen of the count}- 
with good claims upon popular confidence and esteem in the community 
that has always been his home, and in the progress and prosperity of 
which he maintains the deepest interest. He is a member of the firm 
of Clark and Raber, which conducts a flourishing retail jewelry business, 
and is also general manager of the Merchants Fire Insurance Company, 
one of the strong institutions of its kind in the state, with general 
offices at Anderson. 

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HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 555 

and belongs to one of the oldest and most honored pioneer families of 
.Madison county, where his grandfather George Clark establislied a home 
at an early period, and continued to reside in Fall Creek township until 
his death at the patriarchal age of ninety^two years. Grandtather Clark 
contributed his quota to the development and progress of the county, 
and was a man who enjoyed the unqualified esteem of all who knew 
him. 

The parents of Ealph B. Clark were Ralph N. and Mary A. (Jack- 
son) Clark, both of whom were born and reared in Indiana. The mother 
was a daughter of Hon. Andrew Jackson, another of the sterling pioneers 
in Madison county, and a resident of Anderson at the time of his death. 
Andrew Jackson became the owner of an excellent landed estate in 
]\[adison county, and was long numbered among the representative agri- 
culturists and stock growers of this favored section, having given spe- 
cial attention to the raising of high grade horses and caitle. He v/as a 
man of energy and enterprise, v.'as broad in his vieAvs, and enjoyed the 
unqualified confidence and esteem of his fellow men. Ralph N. Clark 
continued to reside on. his homestead farm until his death, which oc- 
curred in 1872. He was born in iS20. His wife survives him by a 
number of years. 

Ralph B. Clark is indebted to the public schools of Anderson for his 
early educational advantages, which included the curriculum of the 
high school. After leaving scliool he entered a jewelry store at Ander- 
son and learned the trade of jeweler and watchmaker. Thoroughly 
equipped in this line, in 18SS, Mr. Clark engaged in the retail busi- 
ness on his own account, and from a modest beginning built up a 
large and prosperous enterprise, v.-hich for years has been a center 
of patronage for most discriminating buyers. For a number of years 
]\Ir. Clark conducted the business under his own name, and then ad- 
mitted his brother-in-law, AViiliara Rabcr, to partnership. This alliance 
has since continued and the firm of Clark and Raber has a thoroughly 
metropolitan jewelry establishment at 1008 ^Meridian street, where they 
carry a large and select line of watches, clocks, jewelry, silverAvare, etc. 
Mr. Clark has long been one of the prominent and progressive business 
men of Anderson, and his success has been the direct result of fair and 
honorable dealing, and personal popularity. In 1905 he bad the dis- 
tinction of being elected president of the Indiana Retail Merchants 
Association, and remained in that office five years. He has been gen- 
eral manager of the ^lerchauts Fire Insurance Company since lOOG, 
and has been an important factor in developing that large and sub- 
stantial corporation. 

Public spirited in his civic attitude, Mr. Clark has always given his 
influence and cooperation to the furtherance of measures and enter- 
prises projected for the general good of his home city and county, and 
has long had a prominent place in the local Republican party. In this 
connection he has done much effective campaign work in the interests of 
his friends and the general party organization, and in 1912 his name was 
prominently brought forward in connection with the office of state 
senator from this district. The general wave of Democratic success of 
course defeated his political aspirations. i\Ir. Clark served two years 
as a member of the Anderson Board of Public Works, and for one 
year was a member of the Board of Pensioners of police. In the Masonic 
fraternity he is affiliated with Mount Tvloriah Lodge No. 77, F. & A. M. ; 
Anderson Chapter No. 52, R. A. M. ; and Anderson Coramandery No. 33, 



556 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

K. T., and also belongs to Banner Lodge No. 416, Knights of Pythias, in 
1906 he became one of the organizers of the Mercliants Fire In.suraiiC(; 
Company of Anderson, has served as its secretary since its incorpora- 
tion, and has done much to brJi)->' it to its present substantial and 
important status in the insurance lield of Indiana. 

In 1891 was solemnized the marriage of Ylv. Clark to ^Miss Olive B. 
Burnett. She was born and reared in Anderson and is a popular figure 
in social affairs. Mr. and ^drs. Clark have three children: George L., 
Ralph Y\^alker, and Mary Ellen. 

John H. Koons. The eminence of Anderson among the industrial 
centers of Indiana has been due to the presence here of a group of men 
possessed of special genius as inventors and manufacturers and of fine 
capabilities as organizers and business builders. Capital has been less 
conspicuous in the net results than personal ability, and it is with pride 
that the city regards its lisls o!: industrial executives. One of these is 
Mr. Koons, the inventor and consulting engineer of the Koons Oil Fur- 
nace Company, designers and manufacturers of the Koons Hot Bla.st 
low pressure oil burning system, for all kinds of heating. 

John H. Koons has had a long and varied experience in me- 
chanical fields an<l has been identified v/itli Anderson since lOO-l. 
He was born in Allentov/n, Pennsylvania, ]May 12, 1860, a son of John 
"W. and ^lary (Buss) Koons, both of v/hom were born in Pennsylvania. 
As a boy he attended the public schooLs and a select school in his native 
town. His first work on leaving school was as a clerk in a drug store. 
His inclinations were for applied mechanics, and he soon learned the 
trade of machinist under his father. After that he traveled extensively 
as a journeyman workman through the western states, including Cali- 
fornia, Arizona and others, and gained a broad knowledge of both 
manufacturing and operating lines of his work. In 1898 he returned to 
Alientown, Pennsylvania, and for some time was engaged in fariaing in 
that city. Afterwards he moved to Ohio, and was in the oil fields as; 
DuEois near Lima, being interested in the oil business and also work- 
ing at his regular profession. He was there about eighteen months and 
in 1901 moved to Anderson which has since been his prominent honie. 
Mr. Koons is able to work out almost any problem of practical mechan- 
ics, and has an original ability of invention, the most practical and 
profitable result of which has been the Koons Oil Furnace, now being 
manufactured by the company of which he is consalting engineer and 
a member. The fuel used in these furnaces is exclusively petroleum, and 
the furnace is constructed on a special design for complete combus- 
tion of this fuel. It has proved very practical, economical, and wher- 
ever tried, however severe the test may have been, has not only satisfied 
every claiui made for it, but has won permanent friends and advo^^ates. 
The company which manufacture the furn'^ces have succeeded in intro- 
ducing it into many states of the Union and after the years in which 
the business has been promoted the name of Koons Hot Blast Furnace 
has attained a standard of quality and value which sells itself. Mr. 
Koons is not only an inventor and designer, but a good business organizer 
and executive, and the company with which he is associated is regarded 
as one of the strongest industries in the city of Anderson.^ Associated 
with J\lr. Koons in the practical direction of the concern is ^Ir. J. M. 
Millett, secretary-treasurer of the company. The plant is located at 
630 Meridian street, and has a fine equipment of machinery, its power 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 557 

being supplied by electric motors. The furnace has been designed and 
has a practical use for store, business houses, churches, schoolhouses 
and residences, and not only fui-nishes superior heating facilities, but is 
demonstrably more eijjonomical than most furnaces now iu use. 

In 1895 ;Mr. Koons married JMiss Clara Evett, of Lehighton, Penn- 
sylvania, in which city she was born, reared and educated. They have 
no children. Mr. Koons is affiliated with the Benevolent & Pro'tective 
Order of Elks, and the Travelers Protective x\ssociation. In one 01 the 
best residence districts of Anderson he has his home, built in 1911, which 
in point of architectural design is one of the most attractive and is 
among the most raodern in its appointments and furnishings in the 
city. 

Fraxk KxiGHT. The possibilities of any business are almost unlim- 
ited when tliere is a foundation of thorough and reliable workmanship, 
square dealing iu eveiy relation between the business and its patrons, 
and a thorough regard for the wholesome business principles and prac- 
tices. Mr. Frank Knight of Anderson has for many years been iden- 
tified with tilt- painting and decorative trade, and htis built up as a 
contractor a business such as the proprietors of many more ostentatious 
industries might well envy. He is deemed one of the responsible and 
public s]>irit"d citizens of Anderson, and has been a resident of this 
city for upwards of forty years. 

Frank Knight was born in Logan county, near AYest Liberty, Ohio, 
on Christmas Day of 1848. His father was James and his mother 
Barluira (Dah-y) Knight, the former born at Richmond, Indiana, in 
1818. Grandfather AYilliam Knight v»-as a native of Kentucky, on.e 
of the early settlers of both Ohio and Indiana, was a miller by trade, 
and worked at diff»-rent mills in both states. His death occurred in 
Ohio, and his wife also passed avv'ay lii that state. 

Frank Knight received his early training at West Liberty, attend- 
ing both the comm.on and high schools, and also was a student in a 
select school at Blutfton, Ohio. When he left school it was to begin, 
work in the mill with his father, and he continued in that line of 
business until his twenty-first year. He then went south and loeattd 
at Chattanooga. Tennessee, a town wliieh was then just coming forward 
as an industrial center, and enjoying a great l)Oom. He remained tliei-e 
for three yeai-s and engaged in the building business. During thac 
time he became very familiar with the local citizenship and also with 
the historical localities of Lookout Mountain and other points about 
the city. In 1875 ]\Ir. Knight located at Anderson, where for several 
years he followed his trade as painter and pap^-rhanger. He then became 
associated witli other parties in the milling business for four years, 
and until 1884 was connected with the firm of E. E. Henderson & Com- 
pany in painting and decorating. In the latter year he took up con- 
tracting in painting and decorative arts by himself, and from small be- 
ginnings has gradually built up a large and valued service in these 
lines. He has painted many of the fine residences both inside and out, 
has done a great deal of all classes of decorative work in churches, 
schoolhouses, had the contract for the work on the courthouse of Ander- 
son, and at the state capitol in Indianapolis, painted the outside, did 
the papering and frescoing and decorating of the interior in both the 
senate and house of representatives chambers. He has a large local 
business and employs a staff of many workmen during the busy sea- 



558 HISTORY OF I\IADISOX COUNTY 

son. His careful and honest work speaks for itself, and he has built up 
his enterprise until it now needs no advertising oi- unusual exploitations. 

Mr. Knight in 1876 married Miss Martha Kemp, a daughter of 
Joseph L. Kemp, a native of Logan county, Ohio. Her father is now 
living in his ninety-fourth year, and is hale and hearty and is in full 
possession of all his faculties. The only son and child of their ujiion 
is Franklin J., now a resident of Los Angeles, California, and engaged 
in the automobile business. He is married and has a home of his own. 

Mr. Knight is a Republican in politics, but has never been an office- 
seeker, though he has given his assistance in the campaigns of his friends. 
He is affiliated with the Knights of Pythias fraternity. His large and 
substantial residence in Anderson is located at the corner of Eighth street 
and jMadison avenue, and is one of the model homes of a very attractive 
district. ]Mr. Knight is fond of his home and family, and keeps a large 
place in his affections and time for domestic interests. He has one of 
the handsomest lawns in Anderson, beautifully set with shade tree.-5 and 
cared for so as to bring out every point of beauty and neatness. 

Jesse Rothrock. An industry which during the past several decades 
has grov/n and flourished in eastern Indiana, is the operation of faruj 
lands for the production of dairy goods. Ever since the necessity for 
pure milk has been recognized, many of the most progressive farmers 
and business men have devoted their activities to dairying. One of the 
best sources of good milk in the city of Anderson is supplied by Jesse 
Rothrock, who has a thoroughly equipped modern dairy farm in north 
Anderson. 

Jesse Rothrock was born on a farm six miles south of Columbus in 
Bartholomew county, Indiana, April 6, 1860. His father was Jesse Roth- 
rock, born near Rotterdam in Holland, a country noted for its great 
dairying industries. The giandparents came to America, aeeompauied 
by their children, and located in South Carolina, where both died shortly 
afterwards. The children were then scattered, and Jesse Rothrock, .Sr., 
found a home with a planter and slave holder in that state. After he 
had reached young manhood he came west and located in Bartholomew 
county, Indiana, which was his home until 1867. He then went to 
Shelby county, Illinois, where he bought a tract of land direct from the 
government. That land under his capable industry was improved into 
a good farm,, and by the erection of good buildings atiorded a comfort- 
able home to the senior Rothrock until his death in 1898 in his eighty- 
second year. Jesse Rothrock, Sr., married Sarah AVilson. She survived 
her husband a nup-ibor of years, and died in 1908. There were three 
daughters and one son in ^he family. 

Jesse Rothrock, the only son, was reared on a farm, had a substan- 
tial training in all the fundamentals of agriculture, and continued to 
make his home with his parents until 1885. He then came to Indiana, and 
located at Greeucastle, where he was engaged in fanning for five years. 
From there he transferred his home to INIadison county, and bought land 
on jMeridian avenue in North Anderson. There he built several tene- 
ment houses, and while looking after his real estate interests was for 
several years in the employ of the Local Gas Company. In 1909, Mr. 
Rothrock bought a farm on Indiana avenue, one mile from the court- 
house, and there established his present dairy industry. On his farm 
he has erected a good set of buildings including his comfortable frame 
dwelling house, which was remodeled from an older house. In the farm 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 559 

yard, constituting the real factory of his business, he has a coiriuiodious 
dairy barn, and beside it is a large silo. All the equipment is first class 
for dairy work, and i\Ir. Rothroek has consistently luaintained a high 
standard for all his products, which are sold in the local market.. 

In 1884, 'Mr. Kothrock married Viola Evans, who was born at Green- 
castle, Indiana, a daughter of Professor James E. and Susan J. Evans. 
Her father was a well known teacher at Greeucastle, where he died in 
middle life. j\Irs. Rotiirock was reared in Greencastle, and received her 
education in the academy of that city. The family of jMr. Rothroek 
consists of himself, wife and one daughter, and they are all members of 
the Friends church, in which Mr. Rothroek was reared. 

Daniel ^Iarcus Johnson. One of the attractive and valuable farms 
of Van Buren township is the place of Daniel ]\Iarcus Johnson, compris- 
ing one hundred acres of fine land located about four miles northeast of 
Sunnnitville and on the Johnson road. ]Mr. Johnson began his career 
as a renter, by thrift and good management saved sufficient means to 
make his first purchase of land, and is now one of the substantial agricul- 
turists of the county. He broiight a thorough experience and ability 
to the improvement of his place, according to his standards of what he 
wanted this farm to be. It is therefore a farm \^.hich has been largely 
shaped out by his own labors and plans and represents both a comfort- 
able home and a gratif^'ing source of income. 

Daniel Marcus Johnson was born Septeml)er 11, 1869, on the Har- 
rison Allen farm in Van Buren township, a son of Joseph and Eliza- 
beth (Allen) Johnson. Joseph Johnson married Miss Allen in Hancock 
county, 'and then brought his young wife to Randolph county, and 
thence to ]Madison county, where he bought land in Van Buren township. 
He was a successful farmer, and a man of local influence, and his death 
on April 7, 1903, was a distinct loss to the communit}'. He is buried in 
the cemetery of the Odd-Fellows. The thirteen children in this family 
were: Manson U. ; Minerva J.; Jesse A.; Daniel M.; Mary E., who died 
May 29, 1909 ; Lewis Vv' . ; Amanda L, ; Etta L. ; John C. ; Delia A. ; Pearl 
A., James M., and Sarah, all three now deceased, 

Daniel IMai-eus Jolinson was married September 30, 1903, to Estelia 
May Taylor, a daughter of George and Alice (Howe) Taylor. Her 
parents now live in Bartholomew county, Indiana, where George Taylor 
was born. He was the son of Powell and Hattie Taylor. George Taylor 
was a farmer, was educated in the common schools, and has been one of 
the prosperous farmers near Columbus. The five children in the Taylor 
family included the following: Mrs. Johnson; Louie Mobley; Bessie 
Galbreith ; Hattie Stoughton, of Elizabethtown, Indiana ; Georgie Guinn, 
of Columbus, Indiana. ]\Irs. Johnson received her education in the com- 
mon schools near Columbus, Indiana, and has been well trained for her 
part as a home-maker and mother. Mr. and ilrs. Johnson have two 
children, George C. and ]Martha E. 

Mr. Johnson was brought up in Madison county, and as a boy 
attended the "Zedekar" school. VThile going to school he worked on the 
farm. Finally he rented land and began accumulating the money for 
establishing himself independently as a farmer. He then bought a farm 
and has since increased his means with every year. His chief occupa- 
tion has been farming and the raising of the Duroc hogs, and he 
sends a large number to market each year. ]\Ir. Johnson is a member 



560 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

of the Primitive Baptist elmrdi and Mrs. Johnson is a member of the 
Missionary Baptist church. "*" 

James M. -Hundley. When a boy James M. Handle v was a Union 
soldier. His early esperiences and associations were'vath a farm 
and he had his full share of farm life. He was a railroader aud al^^o 
a street car driver, finally finished his education, was a s.-bool t^ar-hr-r 
was admitted to the Indiana bar about fortv vears a-^o and was' for 
many years one of the leading lawyers in the^lorth half of Madison 
county, and at the same time active in official affairs, ^b^ Hundlev is 
now retired and enjoys the activities and atmosphere o' -ouutrv life 
devoting all his time to the cultivation of a valuable little fruit farm near 
norili burnmitville. 

'^^"'™^-,.^"'^'^^'-^>' ^'^« ^^""'^ J^^l^' 6, ISIS, in Clinton .ounty Ohio 
a son of v\iliiam and Jane (iNlartin) Hundley. The father cam:- ^rom 
Leesburg, \irginia, settled in Ohio when a young man and for a nurn- 
bor ot years was a blacksmith at the tov.-n of Lvnchburc Ohio The 
chi ciren m his family were: John, deceased; James jI. T Amanda P • 
William, Alvira, Andrew, George, ^Ury, ail deceased : C^^-.'a Lar.-haw 
and Jasper, deceased. 

James M. Hundley was reared in Grant eountv. H^^ father had 
moved to that county in ISol. and built the first blacksiaith shop at 
Fairraount. where he plied his trade fo.- a number of vears. After a 
brief period of scnooling in Grant county, the war came on .^.nd diverted 
the attention of the school boy from all thought of scjiool. He enlisted 
m the Filth Indiana Covalry, but on account of his youthful vear< was 
taken out and had to bide his time for a while. Afterwards, in Au«zu^t. 
186-i, he enlisted in Cooipany E of the One Hundred and Forth-th 
Infantry, under Col. Thomas J. Brady, and during the lasr two vears 
of the war was in service in the department of tiie Ohio under General 
Schofield. The division commander was A. D. Cox and the br--'ade 
commander was the late General Thomas HeiKlersou of Illinois. R.-tTiVu- 
mg home a veteran, young Hundley found that in the meantim- his 
father had moved, to Van Biiren township in. Juadi-on countv. and 
sooii afterward he left home and began v, ork as a brakeman. on the Lake 
Erie & Western Railroad, running out of Indianapolis. After that for 
a timehe was a street car driver on the College avenup liut- in Indi- 
anapolis. AH the time he had his thoughts and ambitions centered 
upon better things, and in order to be properly equipped for his larger 
field, he attended school, and finished his education in the city schools 
of ]Marion and Anderson. Afterwards he was employed as a teacher 



tjivu. iii (OLiniuiiuviiic;. xu ejcuiuary, ±ov t . rresiaenr .Mcixmiey apuoi^iteu 
Mr. Hundley postmaster at Summitville, and by reappoint"ment under 
President Roosevelt he served two terms in that office. " 

Mr. Hundley in the session of 1904-05 was chosen a member of the 
State Legislature from a flotarial district comprising Madi-on. Clinton 
and Tipton counties. The present home of :\Ir. Hundley is on the out- 
skirts of north Summitville, a pleasant little farm of forty acres, and 
there he follows his inclinations as a fruit grower. He also raises 
poultry and hogs and is making a profit as well as a delightful home and 
a pleasant occupation for his old age. 



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HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 5G1 

October 23, 1874, Mr. Huudley married ^liss Sartih P'enuiiiiore, a 
daughter of Henry and Barbara (Holt) Fennimore. The five children 
of Mr. and ^Irs. Hundley are: Maggie L., deceased; Verna M., at home; 
"William H. ; Frank M., who married Mabel Johnson; and John E., at 
home. The family all are communicants of the Christian cljureh. 

Frank W. Wittj^'r. The genuine western spirit of enterprise and 
progress is exemplified in the careers of such men as Frank "W. "Witter, 
of "\''an Buren township — men whose laudable ambition, persevering 
determination and energetic natures have enabled them to conquer many 
adverse circumstances arid surmount numerous olxstacles, and to advance 
steadily to a leading position in their chosen walks of life. A resi- 
dent of "V'an Buren township for upv\-ards of a quarter of a century, 
Mr. Witter has during this time gained the high regard of his fellow- 
citizer.s by his genuine worth, and as the owner of 170 acres of laud, 
all acquired through the medium of his ov/n efforts, he is today recog- 
nized as one of the leading representatives of the best farming interests 
of his community. He is a native of Indiana, having been born near 
the city of Liberty. Union count}", r^Iay 13, 18G5. and is a son of Henry 
and Mary A. (MoSs) "Witter. 

Henrv- Witter was born in Union county, Indiana, and still makes 
his home on the old farm near Liberty, where he has carried on suc- 
cessful farmijig ventures through many yeai'S. He and his wife have had 
ten children, nanjely: Charles; Lizzie, who is the wife of Mr. Ardery; 
Frank W., of this review: Riley: Elmer: Ollie, who is deceased; Etta; 
Willie, who is now in the United States governmtnt service in the 
Philippine Islands; Clarence; and Inda. 

Frank "V^^. Witter obtained his education at the old "Witter school in 
"Union county, so named because it was located on his father's place, 
and during this time was thoroughly trained in agricultural pursuits 
while assisting his father and brothers in the work of the home place. 
He remained with his fatlier until he was twenty-three years of age, and 
then struck out for himself, beginning his operations in Union county 
and coming to 3Iadison county about tlie year ISSS. Here he first 
located. on a farm of sixty acres, located on what is now known as tlie 
AVitter gravel road, about one and one-half miles northeast of Summit- 
ville, and to this he has added from time to time until he now has 170 
acres, all under a high state of cultivation. He has cultivated this land 
until it now pays him handsomely for his labors and bumper crops give 
eloquent evidence of ^Ir. Witter 's ability as a farmer. He has a fine 
herd of sleek, well-fed cattle, raises higli grade horses, and also deals 
ext-ensively in hogs and sheep, and in all of his transactions shov/s him- 
self to be an able and honorable man of business. It is always pleas- 
ant to trace the history of a man who has v/on a high place in the respect 
and esteem of his fellow men by his o\vn intrinsic Vv'orth and merit, and 
such a sterling citizen Mr. Witter undoubtedly is. He has m.ade the 
interests of his community those of his own, and while he has not served 
in public offices has aided in securing good men and measures for his 
community, thus contributing materially to its welfare. In his political 
views he is a Republican, while his religious connection is with the ^leth- 
odist Episcopal church. 

On February 16, 188S, Mr. W^itter was married to ^Miss Susie Shank- 
lin, bom near Cottage Grove, Indiana, daughter of John and Fannie 



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562 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

(Miller) Sharikliu, who came from Butler county, Ohio. :\Ir and 
Mrs. Witter have no childi-en. 

_ Alva Thorx, one of the most progressive and successful a'^rifultur- 
ists of Madison county, is the owner of a handsome farm of 260 acres 
located ni A an Bnren township, and lias the added distinction of be- 
longing to that class of self-made men of which this county is justly 
proud. Ills metbods of farm management show sound judgment com- 
bined with deep scientific knowledge of his vocation, and the results of 
his labors demonstrate the fact that high-class farming as an occupatioji 
may be made profitable as well as pleasant. He has been a resident of 
this region throughout his career, and during tliis time has firmlv estab- 
lished himself in tlie respect and esteem of his fellow-citizens through 
his public spirit and strict integrity. 

Alva Thorn ^vas born on a farm in Van Buren township, ]^Iadison 
county, Indiana, and is a son of Charles and Eliza (Knight) Thorn. His 
father, a native of Illinois, came to Madison county as a youth with his 
parents, Stephen and Jane (Lewis) Thorn, the former of whom entered 
land here from the United States govenjment and continued to follow 
agricultural pursuits throughout his life. Charles 'Thorn followed in 
the footsteps ^of his father, adopting the vocation of tiiliug the soil, and 
through a life of industry and perseverance succeeded in becouiiug a 
substantial and influential man of his community. He and his wife 
were the parents of five children: Alice, who married ^Nlarisou H. John- 
son and is now deceased ; Zina, who became the wife of James M. Gilmer ; 
Elizabeth, who died in girlhood; ^lary, who married Geo. Underv.^ood; 
and Alva. 

Attending the district schools of Van Buren township during the 
short winter terms and devoting the rest of the year to helping his 
father in cultivating the home farm, the boyhood of Alva Thorn was 
passed in much the same manner as that of other Indiana farmers" sons 
of his day, and when he reached the age of twenty-one years he was thor- 
oughly prepared to engage in the battles of life. He started his career 
as a farmer on a tract of land rented from his father, a pari of the old 
home place, but subsecjuently purchased a property of his. own, to wliich 
he has since added by purchase from time to time. On this land he has 
erected good and commodious buildings, including a comfortable modern 
residence not far from Summitville, and various other improvements 
have made this a very desirable property. In addition to being a suc- 
cessful general farmer, he has met with a gratifying success in breed- 
ing hogs and cattle, and as a business man is recognized as being pos- 
sessed of more than ordinary ability. 

Mr. Thorn was married March 22, 1888, to Miss ]Martha J. Johnson, 
of Van Buren township, daughter of Reuben and Sarah (Hastings) 
Johnson, old settlers of Madison county. Mrs. Thorn is a native of 
Grant county, Indiana, born August 30, 1863, the fifth in a family of 
seven children, two sons and five daughters, namely: Daniel B., a resi- 
dent of Grant county, an agriculturist and manufacturer; Sophronia E., 
the A\-idow of Andiw.- Dickey and a resident of California, and she has 
.four children, two sons and two daughters; ^lary E., wife of "SVilliam 
R. Lewis, a resident of Grant county and a shoemaker by trade ; Robert 
R., a resident of Van Buren township, an agriculturist and man-ied; 
Mrs. Thorn, next in order of birth; Amanda M., wife of Wilson T. 
Leach, a resident of Madison county and an agriculturist; and Nancy 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 563 

A., deceased. Reuben Johnson, the father, v/as a native of Indiana and 
by vocation \vas an agriculturist. He was educated in the common 
schools, was a Democrat politically and was a member of the Independent 
Order of Oddfellows. Both he and wife were members of the Missionary 
Baptist church. Mr. Johnson died in 1901, aged sixty-five, and iMrs. 
Johnson is now a resident of Fairmount, Indiaiia. She was born in Indi- 
ana. jMrs. Thorn was reared and educated in her native county and she 
has faithfully performed the duties of wife and mother in establishing 
their nice and pleasant home. When she and her husband began their 
married life they had but little cash capital, but a large fund of 
ambition and aggressiveness to make their way independently, which 
they have done, and they have the respect of their many friends. Their 
pretty home is known as "Fair View\ " To their union have been born 
three children : Claudia B., who married Otto Carmony, and is engaged 
in farming in Van Buren township and they have one little daughter, 
Nilma Irene ; A'edah Pauline, who married Walrer Kirkv\-ood, of Fair- 
mount township, and has one son, Hubert D. ; and Simon C, who is at- 
tending the public schools in the eighth grade. The family is connected 
with the iMethodist Episcopal church, in the work of which Mr. Thorn 
takes an active interest. 

Martin M. ^Beesox. In America, pre-eminently a larid of self-made 
men, opportunities for achieving success are to be found as in no other 
land. The youth of energetic spirit, ambitions nature and industrious 
habits may here establish a position for himself in any of the various 
vocations of life, provided that lie respect the principles of integrity and 
honorable dealing, for his fellow-citizens will quickly recognize and ap- 
preciate the force of character and persistent d^^termination which have 
enabled him to work his way from a humble position to one of independ- 
ence and prominence. jMadison county is foriunate in that it numbers 
among its best citizenship many men who ha\e been the architects of 
their own fortunes, and in this class undoubtedly stands ^Martin ^t. 
Beeson, of Van Buren township, the owner of a valuable tract of 120 
acres of land, located on the Tliorn road, about four and one-half miles 
north of Summitville. Mr. Beeson is a native of the Hoosier State, hav- 
ing been born in Johnson county, October 29, 1867, and is a son of Isaac 
and Emma (Hendricks) Beeson. 

Isaac Beeson was a native of AVayne county, Indiana, from whence 
he removed to Johnson county, and in 1875 came to i\Iadison county, 
his subsequent agricultural operations being carried on in Boone and 
Van Buren townships. He became a substantial citizen and moderately 
successful agriculturist, and died in Van Buren township October 10, 
1912. Of the family of eight children, ]\I. M. is the last survivor. 

M. M. Beeson was seven years of age when he accompanied his par- 
ents to Madison county, and his education was securecl in the public 
schools of Boone township. During the period of his educational train- 
ing, he spent the summer seasons in assisting his father on the home- 
stead, and after he left school continued to remain under the parental 
roof until reaching the age of twenty-three years. His entrance upon 
a career of his own as an agriculturist occurred when he rented a tract 
of land in Van Buren township, and for fifteen years he worked faith- 
fully and industriously, carefully saving his earnings with the end in 
view of becoming himself a land-owner. In 1906 he realized his ambi- 
tion when he purchased his present property, a farm which he has since 



564 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

developed into one of the best of its size iu the township. He has en- 
gaged successfully in general farming and has also met with prosperity 
in his stock raising ventures, his well-fed cattle invariably bringing good 
prices in the markets. Thoroughly versed in. modern methods, he has 
neglected no opportunity to familiarize himself with the advancements 
which have been made in his vocation in recent years, and his property 
gives ample evidence of the presence of thrift and good management. 
He is a worthy representative of the farming interests of Madison 
county, and throughout his career has been interested in the growth 
and development of this region, doing all in his power for its proj^ress 
and development. 

On October 5, 1890, Mr. Beeson was united in marriage with jliss 
Laura M. Nutt, and to this union there have been born seven children : 
Lennet and Russell, both deceased, Elva, Emma, Orville, ]Marie and 
Murray. Mrs. Laura ]\I. Beeson is a native of Union county, Indiana, 
born May 15, 1S69, the eldest of six children — four sons and two daugh- 
ters born to Levi and Harriett (Knowland) Nutt— -and all the family 
are living at present (1914), namely: Mrs. Beeson; Nelson, a resideiit 
of the far west and by trade a decorator; Clara, residing in Sum- 
mitville, Indiana; George, a resident of the Republic of Mexico and- a 
carpenter; Arthur, a resident of Salt Lake City, Utah; and Clyde, a 
resident of Van Baren township, married' and an agriculturist, ilr. 
Nutt, the father, is a native of Union county, Indi.-ina, and was educated 
in the common schools. He was a soldier in the Civil war for four years. 
Politically he is a Republican and is a rnember of the ^lethodist Episcopal 
church. Mrs. Nutt is a native of Butler county. Ohio, and she and her 
husband are retired in life and reside in Suaimitville, Indiana. A re- 
markable fact in the Nutt family is that there has never been a death 
within its circle. ^Mrs. Beeson was educated in the common schools. 
She is a worthy matron over one of the beautiful homes in northern 
^ladison couiit}', and she and her husband enjoy the high esteem 
of all who know them. In his religious faith Mr. Beeson is identified 
■with the Methodist Episcopal church, to which his wife also belongs. 
^He is a Democrat, but has taken no active part in political matters. His 
modern residence is located on Summitville Rural Free Delivery Route. 
No. 26, and near the home is located the handsome new barn, built to 
replace the original structure, which was destroyed in a disastrous fire. 
August 31, 1912. 

Rev. Balthasar Biegel. The cross and the eniblems of the Catholic 
church were exhibited in Elwood many years ago, when the first Mass 
was celebrated in the house of John Buchanan, then situated or, the 
corner of IMain and Sixteenth streets, and thereafter services were fre- 
quently held in what was called "'The Section House," which vras later 
removed to South B street and is now occupied by i\Irs. William Rooney. 
During these pioneer daj's the Holy Sacrifice of the ]\[ass was also 
offered up in the house of Bernard Bauer, then on East ]^Iain street, at 
the home of Gustav Kramer on South Anderson street, and in that of 
Bridget Smith, located two doors east of the present site of the St. 
Joseph's Church, and now owned by William Fessler. Prior to 1860 the 
village was. at irregular interv'als. visited by missionary priests, these 
bold and self-denying workers, including Father ^bloney. Father Clark 
and Father Fitzmaurice, who came from Indianapolis, Lafayette and 
Anderson to minister to the spiritual needs of the few scattered Cath- 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 565 

olics. . In 1S60 the place became a station aud theix-after was regularly 
attended on week days by Father Mc-Mahon, who was pastor at Anderson 
from 1860 to 18G5. During Father ilclMahou's time, two lots, each 60x1:32 
feet, were purchased from William Barton and Peter Well, then on 
Simmons, but now South A street, each costing sixty dollars. The money 
for one lot was raised by the Catholic people, and for the other it was 
borrowed from John and Thomas Smith, and the deal was made by 
Father ^VIcMahon and John Buchanan in 1862. Father Mc^Iahon wa'^s 
succeeded by Father J. B. Crawley, who attended Elwood from ISGo 
to 1884 while residing at Anderson, and under his charge the station 
became a mission, and was attended once a month, on Sundays. In 
February, 1880, the little tiock decided to build a church, as the following 
statement by Father Crawley indicates, this being at the same time 
the first record of the parish that can be found, viz: "Elwood, ^ladison 
county, February 3. 1880. Be it hereby known that on this date of Feb- 
ruary 3, 1880, Bernard Bauer of Elwood and James Co?-nelius of Cur- 
tisVille, were duly elected by the vote of tiie Catholic congregation of 
Elwood and vicinity, treasurer and secretary respectively, and are em- 
powered to collect and hold funds for the erection of a Catliolic Church 
in Elwood, giiaranteeiiig sufficient security to collect and hold same." 
Steps were immediately taken to raise money by subscription and fes- 
tivals for the erection of this first church, which was a brick structure, 
25x40 feet, with a small vestry, 10x10 feet on the east side. The build- 
ing, the estimated cost of which was -$1,000. was completed iu the fall 
of 1881 and was dedicated by Bishop Dvenger. At that time the follow- 
ing families constituted the parisli : Bernard .Bauer, John Beseh, John 
Buchanan, James Conner, James Cornelius, Frajik Gieselbach, Patrick 
Healy, James Kelly, Gustav Kramer, Daniel O'Biien, John Doyle. Pat- 
rick Dugan, John Finan, Jam.es Gallagher, Michael Ga%i.n, Patrick Red- 
dington, William Rooney, Patrick Shay, Bridget Smith and Richard 
W^ilson. Father Cra'\\ley is still held in grateful remembrance by the 
few surviving old settlers. He made many trying and irksoriie trips on 
the handcar visiting Elwood and other missions from Anderson. Father 
F. C. Wiecliman succeeded him, and attended the Elwood mission, from 
1884 to 1889, while he was pastor of Anderson. lie attended the place 
on the fourth Sunday of each month and enjoyed great popularity 
among all classes. 

In 1889 the mission was raised to a parish with Rev..Balthasar Biegel 
as the first resident pastor, the appointment going into effect Sunday, 
July 28, 1889. This also was the first appointment of Rev. Father Biegel, 
who had just been ordained in June of the same year. Elwood, now a 
city of twelve thousand inhabitants, at this time numbered only eight 
hundred inhabitants, but the village had before it a promising future and 
prospects of a rapid growth. Natural gas had just been discovered, in 
this locality and industries were looking for locations. The history of the 
city dates iDack to March 1, 1853, when it was laid out as a town by James 
Anderson, ]Mark Simmons, and J. B. Frazier, and called Quincy, but 
to avoid confusion in the mail, the name was changed to Elwood, July 
21, 1869. The history of the Catholic church has been contemporaneous 
with that of the city. Tiie first Catholic settler who came to the vicinity 
was Patrick Shay, a native of Trelan.d, who passed away an honored 
citizen ]\Iarch 10, 1907. When, in 1857, the Pennsylvania railroad was 
built through Elwood. about half a dozen other Catholic families came 
to the village, being of sturdy Irish and German nationality. At the 



566 HISTOKY OF MADISON COUNTY 

time of Rev. Father Biegel's appointment, Bishop Dv/enger said: "El- 
wood is now a small mission, but it will soon be a large parish. You will 
have a great deal of hard work to perform, and I may have to give you 
a little financial aid in the beginning. Let me know when you need it. ' ' 
However, the generous people of Ehvood managed to keep their pastor- 
above water, and never let him want for anything, and the assistance 
offered by Fort AVayne was never needed. 

Father Biegel said his first mass at Elwood, Sunday, July 28, Ibb'J, 
on which day Father AYiechman made his farewell address. He preached 
his first sermon to the parish on August 4, 1889, and selected for Ids 
text the words: 'Tax Vobis," '• Peace Be to You;" and pcaee and 
harmony have ever been blessings to St. Joseph's Parish, and have, no 
doubt, been the real secret of its success. Immediately after the ap- 
pointment of the new pastor, the congregation set to work to build a new 
priest's house. It was a neat, cozy, one-story, six-room house, built \vest 
of the little ciuirch, and cost $1,000. The rapidly increasing memb-i'- 
ship of the parish necessitated mure room for church purposes, and iu 
the spring of 1892 it was decided to enlarge the old church to threejinies 
its former size, this being done ai a cost of $2,500. In the fall of^ 1892 
the enlarged and remodeled church was dedicated by Very Rev. M. E. 
Campion, delegated by Rigb.t Rev. Joseph Dv/cnger, who was ill at 
the time. During the same year a bell was purchased, and was blessed 
by Rev. J. H. Bathe, delegated by the Bishop. In 1891 a parochial school 
was established, a one-room, frame building, costing $700, north of the 
church, and in September of this year it was opened with an attendance 
of eigh'tv pupils. Miss Margaret :Murphy was placed in charge of this 
parodiial school, while Father Bit-gel assisted in the work, taking classes 
to the parsonage. In 1893 a second room was added and was placed m 
charge of ^^liss Margaret Cauley, the addition costing about >p800. Ihe 
number of children attending tlie parochial school continued to increase 
so rapidlv that the two teachers could no longer do justice to them, and it 
became necessary to secure more teachers and to place the school on a 
more systematic basis. The time to place the school iu care of one Ox the 
many religious orders had arrived, and the Sisters of St. Josepn s Acad- 
^emy Tipton, Indiana, were engaged to take charge of the school, ex>miug 
iu September, 1894. On February 11, 1891, the school house had been 
dama<^ed by a fire which originated in a defective chimney, and tlie 
entire°roof was destroyed and school had to be continued m the church. 
The building was immediately rebuilt, and a second story witn two 
rooms, was added at an approximate expense of $1,000. i^ the laii 
of 1899 a high school department was added to the school, and it became 
necessary to take two of the lower grades to the chin-ch m order to ar- 
eommodate all the children. On January 29, 1911, Father Biegel mace 
a proposition to erect a new school building, the old one having been 
but temporary, and the parish cheerfully consented to the movemen. 
and it was determined to erect a modern school building at a cost ot 
4;45 000 which is now in course of construction. Not only the Lattioiu> 
of the city but those of other creeds and denominations, supported rnL- 
cause by liberal contributions, and at this writing (1913) '^^^ore t ban 
one-half of the money needed has been raised. Alfred Grmale of ImLa - 
apolis, is the architect, and Frank ^ledland, of Logansport. che con- 
tractor. . . ^ -J C ,v^,>^ clit-ll-llf^ 

In the fall of 1896 it became imperative to provide for moie saitaoi. 
living quarters for the Sisters. The parish decided, therefore, to con- 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 567 

vert the priest's house into a eouvent for them, and to erect a new 
pastoral residence. It must here be said, that in the spring of 1894 a 
piece of ground, equal to eight large city lots, adjoining the original 
church property, was purchased of Gustav Kramer at a cost of $1,000, 
Mr. Kramer receiving $300 in cash and being given a funded High Mass. 
The ground was at that time considered of much greater value, but Mr. 
Kramer sold it at this reasonable price because it was iritended for church 
purposes. On the west line of this newly acquired property, a new par- 
sonage was built at a cost of $3,000. If is a twelve-room building 
and furnishes ample accommodation for the pastor and his guests. The 
congregation introduced the pastor into the new priest's house with a 
joyful "house warming," October 3, 1896, after which the old parson- 
age was turned over to tlie Sisters. 

For a number of years it had been the ambition of the people and the 
pastor to build a new church to meet the requirements of the growing 
parish, and as early as 1894 they began to accumulate funds for this 
purpose. Their dream was finally to be realized, when in the spring of 
1899, ground was broken for the new edifice. The massive basement, 
twelve feet in height, built of BedCord stone, was completed during the 
same year. The corner-stone of the new edifice was laid on the eigiith 
day of October, 1899. by Very Rev. John H. Guendling, then administra- 
tor of the diocese of Fort \Yayne, Bishop Joseph Rademacher, the succes- 
sor of Bishop Dwenger having died. Some five tliousand people attended 
the celebration ami societies from all parts of the state participated in a 
grand parade. During the year 1900 the super-structure vras built, and 
the following year the church was completed in all its details, and was 
dedicated to the honor of God on July 14, 1901, by Right Rev. H. J. 
Alerding, Bishop of Fort AYayne. William Gettinger of Union City, 
Indiana, was the architect of the structure. The basement was built by 
August Gleitze of Logansport, Indiana, and the super-structure by ]\[ed- 
land Brothers of that city. Lute Douge, of Eiwood did the plastering, 
and Fred Ryan of Anderson, had the contract for the interior woocl 
work. The steam heating apparatus was installed by J. H. Asire, of 
Logansport. The building is in the Romanesque style of architecture, 
built of brick and stone. It is 132 feet in length, inside measurement, 56 
feet wide in the nave, 66 feet across the towers, and 70 feet across the 
vestries. The tower at the southeast corner is 138 feet high, while the 
other one rist-s lUl feet above the sidewalk. The interior ceiling is 41 feet 
above the floor, which slopes gradually and imperceptibly to the altars. 
While the structure is beautiful on the outside, it is within that the great 
amount of money and pains have been applied. The entrance to the 
church is through three massive stone door^vays, set between the two 
towers. Just inside them is a roomy vestibule, with the baptistry to the 
left. Entering the auditorium proper, a veritable feast of art and beauty 
greets the eye. On the high ceiling, four upon each side, have been 
painted eight life-sized pictures of saints, representing the eight beati- 
tudes. The figures which represent the beatitudes, are in their order 
as follows: St. Francis of Assisi, St. Francis de Sales, St. ]Mary Magda- 
lene, St. Boniface, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Aloysius, St. Elizabeth and 
St. Stephen. In the sanctuary, above the altar, are the figures of the 
four evangelists, ^latthew, ]\Iark, Luke and John. In the oi-gan gallerv' 
are paintings of St. Rose of Lima, the first American Saint, and St, 
Philomina, the patroness of working girls. Above the proscenium arch, 
on a scroll, is a Latin inscription, which translated into English means, 



•568 HISTORY OF MADJSON COUNTY 

^Behold the Lamb of God, that takcth auay the sins of the world " 
Ihe fresco work forms a fittiiig baekgi-ound for the paintings, and tlie 
blending ot the colors is such as to produce a friendly and cheerful 
eftect. This woi-k was done by Leber Brothers, of Louisville Kenturk- 
students of the art schools of Italy. The art olass windows whir-h co'^-t 
more than $3,000, are arranged in pairs beginning at the eutranr^ 
On the east side the first window represents the. birth of Chris*- the 
opposite one representing His death. The next east window shows 
bt. Patrick preaching the Gospel, -while its counterpart ijives thr- Good 
bamantan practicing the teaching of the Saviour. The third pair rep- 
resents the Apparition of the Blessed Virgin and the ADparitiou of the 
Sacred Heart of Jesus. The west window, next to the altar, represents 
the Angel Gabriel announcing to Mary that she is to be the :^ [other of 
Jesus, while in the opposite window is shown the An^-el Guardian Over 
the sanctuary there is a windov. representing the Holy Ghost in the form 
ot a dove. This is surrounded by tweutv-four lights, and makes a sur- 
passingly beautiful showing at night. " The circular window^ in tl;p 
organ loft sho\\s St. Cecelia, the patroness of church music. All of 
the large side ^^-indows have three small panels below them, the one in 
the center containing the emblem of the societv which donated them 
while on each side are boquets of St. Joseph's lilies emblematic of the 
patron saint of the church. These lilies are also used extensively in 
the decoration of the walls and ceilings. The vvindows were all made by 
the Artistic Glass Painting Company, of Cincinnati, Ohio, the fio-ures 
being of glass imported from Switzerland. 

All the ordinary church societies are affiliated v/ith the parisli. The 
Eosary Society for the married ladies; the Young :\Ien's and Y'oung 
Ladies' Sodality for the young people; the Holy Name Society for the 
men, and the Society of the Children of Mary and the Infant J^sus 
Society for the children. The Apostlcship of Praver has done its effee- 
tive work in the parish since 1894. Besides these" church societies, fra- 
ternal organizations, for men and for woraen, are also well repres-^nted. 
The Catholic Benevolent Legion was organized April 9, 1S93 ; the Ancienr 
Order of Hibernians, January 23, 1898: the Catholic Order of Foresters, 
August 6, 1900; a council of Knights of Columbu:.s May 16, 1903; the 
Ladies' Auxiliary of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, December 5, 
1898; and the Ladies' Catholic Benevolent A.ssociation, October 22, 
1903. These societies have commodious and well furnished quarters! 
with a reading room, and elegant apartments for innocent recreation 

A handsome pipe organ which is in keeping with the interior dec- 
orations and furnishings adorns the organ gallery, while the various 
altars and stations are beautiful in design and complete the decorations. 
The church as it stands is valued at $60,000. Immediately afte?' the 
dedication of the new church, the old one was remodeled for "school pur- 
poses, and the Sisters' convent was remodeled at the same time and an 
extra story added to the building, these improvements costing in the 
neighborhood of $2,000. When the church property was first ptirchased, 
the ground was low and swampy, but VN-as considered a very desirable 
place on account of its location in the center of the city. It took 10.000 
yards of earth to fill the lots and put them in proper condition, ar.d the 
grounds arc now among the most beautiful in the city. In the spring of 
1905 a lot, 66x332 feet, across the street, from the school, v.ith a brick 
building on it, was purchased by the congregation, as was also a nine- 
room house with a lot 50x132 feet, west of the parsonage. Conditions 



HISTORY OF :\IAT)TS0N COUNTY 569 

were such that the ehureh should control this property, tlie rent of which 
now constitutes a good source of revenue for the parish. The church 
ground proper has a frontage of 350 feet on South A street, with the 
average depth of 250 feet. A paved street passes the propcily, and a 
cement walk, ten feet in width, extends along the entire frontage, which 
iiuproveiuents cost approximately $3,000. For a long time a creek, 
running along the north line of the property, had been the cause of 
much annoyance to the parish, but tlie difficulty was finally remedied, 
satisfactorily and definitely, by a retaining wall 280 feet in length, 
which was constructed jointly by the city of Elwood and St. Joseph's 
congregation, at a cost of $1,500. Many ornamental trees and shrubs 
have been planted, and the spacious cliurch grounds now offer an ideal 
place for the schoolchildren 's play-ground and for out-door social gath- 
erings. Tlie little "mustard seed" of thirty-two years ago has grown 
to a majestic tree, and a conservative estimate places the value of all 
the Catholic church propeny of Ehvood at $150,000. 

]\ran's body is a temple of the Holy Ghost. The bodies of Catliolics 
are anointed in the holy sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Ex- 
tr'eine Unction. They are taken to the church for the last blessing after 
death, and it is the desire of the church that the mortal remains of prac- 
tical Catholics should be buried in consecrated ground. For this reason 
St. Joseph's parish purchased five acres of land one and one-half miles 
south and one-half mile west of the city for a Catholic cemetery, at a 
cost of $500. Several hundred dollars vrorth of irriprovenients have since 
been made on the ground, and about 400 bodies have been buried there, 
awaiting the summons of God to resurrection. The Very Sev. M. E. 
Campion, at that time dean of the Logansport district of the diocese 
of Fort Wayne blessed the cemetery in the fall of 1891. 

Rev. Balthasar Biegel. whose untiring labors have made possible the 
erection of this great strueture, was born at Hanover Center. Lake 
county, Indiana, August 6, 1866, and is a son of Peter and Theresa 
Biegel. natives of Hesse Darmstadt, Germany. His paternal grand- 
parents emigrated from Germany, and settled in ^Missouri, where they 
died advanced in years, having had a large family, which included Peter, 
Henry, David, John and Mary. The maternal grandparents, on coming 
to the United States, located in Lake county, Indiana, where the father 
died at the age of seventy-eight years, and his wife when eighty-nine 
years of age. They became the parents of four children : Theresa, John, 
Elizabeth and Catherine. 

Peter Biegel was a lad of about seven years when he acconipanied his 
parents to America, the first location of the family being at Strawto^vn, 
New York. Soon thereafter, however, they came to Lake county. Indi- 
ana, and here "Mr. Biegel grew to manhood. He became a farmer, and 
as such removed to New Cambria. ^lissouri. in 1873, and there his death 
occurred in 1895, when he was fifty-seven years of age, his ^ndow fol- 
lowing him to the grave in 1908, when sixty-five years old. They were 
the parents of ten children : John, Balthasar, George, Frank, Henry, 
Mary, Helen, TNlargaret. Albert and Peter. 

Father Biegel was baptized at St. John's Church, the mother church 
of what now forms the Schererville district of the diocese of Fort 
"W'ayne. He received his first Holy Communion at St. Martin's Church, 
Hanover Centre, Indiana, October 3, 1880, and was encouraged by Rev. 
^Yilliam Berg, one time pastor of his native village, to study for the 
priesthood. Preparatory to his course in college, he was given private 



570 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

lessons in Latin and Greek by Father Berg and feels himself bound by 
undying gratitude to this, his first zealous and model pastor. lie lat.ji- 
entered St. Lawrence College, Mt. Calvary, Wisconsin, where he grad- 
uated from the classical course in June, 1885. He then made his cour.s ■ 
in Pliilosophy and Theolog}.- at St. Francis Seminary, Milwaukee, Wi.s- 
consin, and received minor orders, sub-dcaconship and deaconship from 
Archbishop Ileiss, of ]\Iilwaukec, and was ordained priest by Bishop 
Dwenger at the Cathedral of Fort Wayne, on June 15, 1889, with four- 
teen months' dispensation, the required age being twenty-four years. 
He celebrated his first Holy Mass on the feast of Corpus Christi, June 
20, 1889, at St. John's Church, the church of his baptism. Immediately 
after his ordination he was appointed first resident pastor of Elwood, 
wdth Noblesvillc, Cicero, IMullin 's Settlement and Alexandria as missions. 
In Elwood, Father Biegel's influence, ahvays for the good, is felt 
in every nook and corner. The respect which he inspired in the little 
village on his arrival has not abated as the place has gi'owm into a pros- 
perous city, but is increased as time goes on. To the talents of a pa.stor 
is added the learning of a scholar and iiteratteur, which, united with a 
rare business tact and ability to govern, has made him already a con- 
spicuous figure in the church and the state, and has gained him the con- 
fidence, the good will and the love of all classes, denominations and 
nationalities. 

George F. Thurstox. A man of enterprise, intelligence, and ex- 
cellent business capacity, George F. Thurston, living two miles east 
of Summitville, stands high among the wide-awake, progressive farm- 
ers of this section of Madison county. A native of Boone township, Mad- 
ison county, Indiana, he v.as born January 16, 1861, a son of John F. 
and Margaret (Morris) Thurston, of whom a more extended notice 
may be found elseAvhere in this work, in connection with the sketch of 
R. 0. P. Thurston. 

Educated in his native township Mr. Thurston attended the Dead 
Dog school as a boy and youth, in the meantime obtaining on the home 
farm practical experience in farming. Finding the occupation most 
congenial, he rented the farm where he now lives a year before attain- 
ing his majority, and began the battle of life for himself, taking up his 
residence in the old log house standing upon the place. This farm 
was entered from the government during the administration of Presi- 
dent Jackson by Robert Spear, who erected the first frame blacksm lib's 
shop put up in this section of the state. At the end of tv/o years of 
successfid farming ]\Ir. Thurston received a sum of money from tne 
parental estate, and immediately invested it in land, buying the farm 
which he had been renting. He has now one hundred and twenty acres 
of rich and productive land, on which he has made improvements of 
great value, including the erection of his fine residence and other neces- 
sary farm buildings. He is carrying on general farming with satis- 
factory results, making a specialty of raising Duroc-Jersey hogs, a. 
branch of industry which he has fottnd pleasant and profitable. He is 
one of the largest breeders of that grade of hogs in the county, from 
his estate, which is kno\s-n as the Duroc-Jersey farm, having shipped 
in two years $7,000 worth of that breed. 

Mr. Thurston married, in 1884, Sarah Etta Ellsworth, daughter 
of Walker and [Martha (Harris) Ellsworth, and thev have one child. 



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HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 571 

Alva W. Tharston, who married Bessie Eutherford. Politically Mr. 
Thurston is a stanch supporter of the principles of the Democratic party. 

Levi P. Brown. Especially v/orthy of note amon^ the active and 
progressive men who have contributed so largely towards the develop- 
ment and advancement of the agricultural prosperity of Madison county 
is Levi P. Brown, a well-knov/n farmer of Van Buren township. A 
son of the late John G. Brown, he was born on the farm where he now 
resides, his birth having occurred on October 31, 1857. Born in Rush 
county, John G. Brown obtained the rudiments of his education in the 
public schools of his native district, and completed his studies in the 
rural schools of Madison county. Subsequently purchasing a tract of 
land in Van Buren township, he began the improvement of a farm, 
and was there busily engaged in agricultural pursuits until his death, at 
a comparatively early age, in ]871. To him and his wife, whose maiden 
name was Sarah Allen, seven children were born, as follows: Cather- 
ine J.; Levi P.; Mary E., deceased; Nancy Ellen; Sam'l R. ; George 
W. ; and John H. 

Brought up on the parental homestead, Levi P. Brown first attended 
the Allen school, later continuing his studies in the townsliip seliooi. 
While yet a boy he became familiar with the various branches of agri- 
culture, and after the death of his father assisted his mother in the 
management of the home place, which he now owns and occupies, he 
having purchased the interests of the remaining heirs in the estate. He 
was for many years very active and successful in the management of 
his fine farm of one hundred and sixty-six acres, but having accumulated 
a competency he has relegated the care of the estate to his son-in-law, 
and is now living retired, enjoying a well-deserved leisure from busi- 
ness affairs. 

Mr. Brown married, September 22, 1880, Emma Florence Allen, a 
daughter of Amos G. and Salina (Runyan) Allen. Their union has 
been blessed by the birth of four children, namely : A child that died 
in infancy; Adah iNIae, wife of Robert Broyles; Garry, who lived on 
the Brown farm, and had charge of its management ; and Lulu F.,. 
wedded A. E. Tomlinson and resides with her parents. Garry 
Brown, the only son, married, September 22, 1910, Edna Trader, a 
daughter of Harvey and Eldy (Woolen) Trader, and they have one 
child, Dorothy Florence. 

Religiously Mr. Brown is an active and influential member of tlie 
Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he is serving as steward. Politi- 
cally he is identified with the Democratic party, and is prominent^ in 
public affairs, taking an intelligent interest in everything pertaining 
to the improvement of the community in which he is living. 

Charles H. Allman. An enterprising and highly successful farmer 
of Van Buren township, Charles Allman is a fine representative of 
the native-born citizens of iMadison county, his birth having occurred. 
September 16, 1883, on a farm lying two miles west of his present place 
of residence, which is located four miles southeast of SuminitviUe^. His 
father, John Allman, for many years a prominent agriculturist of Mad- 
ison county, was born and reared in Tipton (?ounty, Indiana, 1838.^ He 
married Leaner Perry, who bore him ten children, as follows : Asbury, 
Phoebe J., IMaggie, Edna, William, John, Cora, Lorenzo, Charles, and 
Myrtle. 



572 HISTOEY OF MADISOxN COUNTY 

Brought up ill his native township, Charles H. AUuiau acquired his 
education in the Allen school, and on the home fanu was well drilled in 
the agricultural arts. Choosing the independent occupation which his 
father so successfully followed, and satisfied that no better region for 
general farming could be found in Indiana than that in which he lived, 
Mr. Allman bought eighty acres of land that are now included in his 
present estate of three hundred and twenty acres, and began its ira- 
provemeiit. Successful in his undertakings, he has given his undivided 
attention to its management, and each year in the gathering of his 
bountiful crops is rewarded for his toil and trouble. 

On December 21, ]90i, Mr. Allman was united in marriage with 
Miss Bertha M. Thurston, who is one of the six living children of the 
late Joseph and Mary E. (Welch) Thurston, who were the parents of 
seven children. jMrs. Allman was reared in county of Madison and edu- 
cated in common scliools \\ith one term in the Summitville high school. 
She is vice president of her Sunday school class. No. 2, at Summitville. 
Indiana, Mr. and JMrs. AUraan have two children, namely: Estelle 
Lucile and Paul T. Politically llr. Allman is a Democrat, and reli- 
giously both he and his wife are active and valued members of the 
Christian church at Summitville. 

Joseph E. Brajdlf.y. Industriously engaged in the prosecution of 
a calling upon which the wealth and prosperity of our nation largely 
depend, Joseph E. Bradley, a well-known farmer of Madison county, 
has owned and occupied his present farm since 1900, and in its m^a^nage- 
ment has met with signal success. He v/as born August 19, 1851,^ in 
Brown county, Ohio, a son of William Bradley, Jr. _He is of English 
ancestry on the paternal side, his grandfather, Williain Bi;adley, Sr., 
having 'immigrated from London, England, to the United States, set^ 
tling in Ohio. • . 

William Bradley, Jr., was born and reared in Brown county, Onio. 
Early in life he migrated to Missouri, taking his family v:ith him, hop- 
ing there to find a more favorable opportunity for advancing his rinan- 
cial condition. Not satisfied with the change, he subsequently returned 
East, locating in Indiana, where both he and his faithful wife spent 
-the closing years of their lives. He married Susan Sells and to thein 
eleven children were born, as follows: Harvey, deceased; Joseph h., 
the subject of this brief sketch; Susan, deceased; Harzella ; ^■\llllaln; 
John ; Addie ; Samuel ; Martha ; Lincoln ; and Cora, deceased. ^ ^ 

Obtaining the rudiments of his education in the district scnoo.s o: 
Ohio, Joseph E. Bradley subsequently attended school m ^-tissouri tor 
awhile, later completing his studies in Indiana. In March, 1901, u^? 
took up his residence in Madison county, and has since been niimberea 
amon^ its citizens of worth. A farmer from choice, he rented lauv. a 
number of years, but in 1900 bought from William Davis his present 
farm of eighty acres, located just at the edge of the cityof Summitvilie, 
on the Bradlev Gravel road, and as an agriculturist is meeting witti 
gratifying results, each year reaping abundant harvests of tue erop^ 
common to this part of the state. ^ ,• j • lana 

Mr Bradlev married, in 1882, Martha Wilson, wno died m IJOJ. 
her body being buried in Eden Cemeter>% in Hancock ^County, Indiar.., 
Three children were bom of the union of Mr._ ana Mrs^ tsT^n^ 
William E who was graduated from the Sum.mit^nile High School, ana 



HISTOIvY OF MADISON COUNTY 573 

was just at the point of entering the law school when his untimely death 
occurred July 11, 1902. 

The following- excerpt is taken from the eulogy dedicated to his son 
at the time of his demise : "Into the peace and happiness of a bright and 
sunny day burst the gathering storm. It passes quickly, but ere 'tis 
gone it scatters sorrow and gloom to its unhappy victims. Young Mr, 
Bradley departed this life at his home, aged nineteen years, just in the 
flower of young manliood with all the promises of tender and mature 
manhood. He graduated from the common schools of Center township 
in Madison county in 1S9S and at the Marion High Scliool, also at the 
Summitville High School in 1902. He would have entered Indiana Uni- 
versity in the fall of 1902 had he lived. He united with the United 
Brethren church in 1S9S. In his school work he was ever faithful and 
was loved by both teachers and pupils. He spent most of bis life in 
Madison county. He came of the best of parentage and his young life 
was a model for other young men to pattern after. His loss is sadly felt 
in the community of Summitville, Indiana, and had he lived, no doubt he 
would have written his name higli in the scroll of honor. ' ' 

Margaret, wife of Dr. A. L. Thurston; and ^Minnie, living v/tih her 
father, are the living children of Mr. and 2vlrs. Bradley. Fraternally 
Mr. Bradley is a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Order of 
Masons, No. 691, and of the Knights of Pythias, Gas Belt Lodge, No. 
361. Religiously he belongs to the United Brethren Church, while his 
daughters are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. 

George W. Brown. A prominent and successful agriculturist and 
stock-raiser of Madison county, George AY. Brown is tlie owner of a well- 
appointed and vv'eli-mantiged farm in Van Buren township, his native 
place, where he holds a position of not^ amoug the substantial farmers 
of his community, his farms being oji the G. W. Brown road, about four 
miles from Summitville. 

His father, the late John G. Brown, was born in Rush county, but 
as a boy came with his parents to Madison county, where he grew to 
man's estate. Subsequently purchasing land bi Van Buren tovv^nship, 
he carried on farming until his death, in 1871. He married Sarah Allen, 
and they became the parents of seven children, namely : Catherine J. ; 
Levi P., of whom a brief biographical sketch may be found on another 
page of this volume: Mary E., deceased; Nancy E.; Sanmel B. ; Ge-orge 
\V., the special subject of this sketch; and John H. 

Completing his early education in the public schools of his native 
township, George AY". Brown turned his attention to agriculture, and at 
the age of twenty years rented' his mother's place, and began farming 
on his own account. Fortune smiled on his earnest efforts, and as his 
means increased he bought adjoining land, and is now the owner of a 
productive farm of one hundred and forty-eight acres, his estate in its 
appointments and improvements comparing favorably with any in the 
vicinity. A man of ability and integrity, Mr. Brown takes an intelli- 
gent interest in political affairs, and is a trustworthy member of the 
Baptist Church. 

Mr. BrowTJ married, April 13, 1889, Eda J. Paint^er, daughter of 
Silas P. Painter, who owns and occupies a fine farm on the S. P. Painter 
road, about four miles southeast of Summitville. 

Mr. Painter was born December 4, 1835. in Henry county, Indinna. 
of Virginia ancestry. His parents, George W. and Ira (Marsh) Painter, 



574 HISTORY OF J*1ADIS0N COUNTY 

came from Virginia, their native state, to Plonry county, Indiana, in 
pioneer days, and having bought a tract of wild land cleared and im- 
proved a homestead, on which they spent tlieir remaining years. They 
were the parents of twelve children, as follows : Samuel D., deceased ; 
Silas P., father of Mrs. Brown; George A.; William B. and James A., 
deceased; Martin A.; Lewis; Mrs. Rosanna KeUey and Sarah Almarine, 
deceased; Noah; Peoria; and jMrs. Janie Kumberg. 

Silas P. Painter attended first the district schools of Henry county, 
completing his early studies in Madison county. As a young man he 
rented the farm wbcre he now lives, and managed it so ably that he was 
enabled after a few years to buy the entire property, which he has 
plciced under a good state of cultivation, having cleared the greater 
part of it from its primitive vvildness. Energetic and enterprising as a 
young man, Mr. Painter not only carried on general farming with ex- 
cellent pecuniary results, but for some time operated a saw mill, and for 
one year owned and operated a threshing machine. Among the valuable 
improvements he has made on his place is the building of his house, 
which is situated on the north side of the Silas P. Painter road, v.hich is 
the main thoroughfare to Gaston, Indiana. 

Mr. Painter married, January 19, 1863. Dorcas Heritage, and of their 
union nine cliildren were born, as follows: Mary, Elizabeth, Lucinda, 
Eda J., George David Lot Leonidas, Perry, and three children that died 
in infancy. Mary, wife of Thomas Hunt, has had three children. Frank; 
a child that died in infancy and Talmage. Elizabeth married first Rob- 
ert Atkinsoji, by Avhom she had three children, Lester; Birdie; and Lot- 
tie, deceased. Elizabeth married for her second husband Al Shields, 
and of that union three children have been born; a child that died in in- 
fancy ; Ina ; and Silas H. Lucinda Frances, wlio died in ^Madison 
county, mai-ried C. E. Brandon. Lot L. married Delia Webster, a 
daughter of Geo. W. and Olive (Vinson) AVebster, and they have one 
child, Pauline Josephine. 

Mr. and ]\Irs. Brown are striving to give their children good educa- 
tions, fitting them for the higher walks of life. Their eldest child. Cletis 
R., graduated from the public schools at the age of fourteen and also 
graduated from the Fairmount High School. He then took the norma! 
course at Marion, Indiana, and afterward successfully taught school 
one year in ]\Iadison county. He is now in his third year in Franklin 
College and wall graduate with the class of 1914. Agnes J. is also a 
graduate from the public schools and the Fairmount Academy, and is 
now a student in Franklin College. She has also taken musical instruc- 
tions. The other two children are Dorcas arid George P. Mrs. Brown 
is a lady of cordiality and gentle manner, and her happy home is her 
paradise. She received a good con'imon school education and has always 
been her husband's counselor at all times. jMr. Brown comes from one 
of the old families of Madison county as does also his wife. He is a 
D.emocrat politically and has always upheld the principles of that 
party. He makes a specialty of "The Chester White swine and the 
farm is known as "The Chester AATiite Stock Farm." 

Jajies C. Hull. On the Hull gravel road about five miles northwest 
of Summitville, is a farm which represents the sturdy industry and good 
management of one of the best known farmer citizens of Aladison county. 
Mr. Hull has lived in this county for more than forty years as a farmer 
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mail coDiplt'tely dependent upon his own resources for advcincement lie 
has made a success that niight well be envied by his neighbors. At the 
present time he is the owner of one hundred acres of fine land in Boone 
township, and has \von all his prosperity as a result of his well directed 
efforts. 

James C. Hull was born September 17, 1848, a son of Jesse and 
Susan (Evans) Hull. His father, a native of Pennsylvania, tirst moved 
to Ohio, first locating in Marion county, and afterwards went out to 
Macon county, Illinois, -where his death occurred. The mother also died 
in i\Iacon county. Their children were : Eliza, Joel, Mary and Roseila, 
all deceased ; James C. 

James C. Hull spent a part of his youth in Macon county, Illinois, 
where he attended the public schools, but finished his education in 
Boone township of ^ladison county. AVhen he was twelve years old be 
began his first practical experience as a farmer. He soon afterwards 
leased some timber land, and cleared the trees and brush from seven- 
teen acres of it and raised two crops. With this ])cginiiing he went on 
from one step to the next higher, and has steadily prospered. He finally 
bought eighty acres of land, and after selling that moved out to Missouri, 
where he spent about two years. Then returning to Madison county, 
he bought his present farm in Boone township. He has eu gaged in gen- 
eral farming, and has improved the laud so that it is several times more 
valuable than when it first came into his possession. 

On March 5, 1871, j\Ir. Hull married Elizabeth D. Ross, a daughter 
of John X. and Caroline (Douge) Ross. Her father was one of the first 
settlers of Madison county, having moved here from Rush county, In- 
diana. The five children in the Ross family were: Mart'na, deceased; 
James B. ; Mrs. Hull, Josephine, deceased, Anna, deceased ; and Mrs. 
Kate Hodson. 

The family born to ^Ir. and ]Mrs. Hull are described as follows: 
Arthur V., who married ^label Bair, and lives in Washington state, has 
four children, named Mildred, Forrest, Louis and Kenneth ; John, who 
married Ida Clary, and their children are Edith C. ; Helen Feme; Joel 
H. ; and Cecil Harold; J. Carey, at home; Maude INL, deceased; Rosa 
Madge, who married Roy Higgins, and has children, Wayne, Wilma and 
Violet ; Emma D., who resides at home; Harvey E., at home ; and F. Ray 
at home. The family worship in the Church of God. Mr. Hull in poli- 
ties is a Prohibitionist and a strong advocate of temperance. 

Bert Mann. One of the young men of progressive enterprise whose 
energies are contributed to the w^elfare of the community as well as to 
the accumulation of a goodly share of material prosperity for them- 
selves, is Bert Mann, of Boone to^^•nship. Mr. Mann is owner and occu- 
pies a fine place of one hundred and forty acres, located about 61/0 miles 
west of Summitville. There he carries on the solid industry which in 
Indiana brings good crops, and a satisfying degree of prosperity, and is 
not only providing well for his family, but is regarded as one of the 
men of influence in his community. 

Bert ]Mann was born in Howard county, Indiana, January 17, 1877, 
a son of George and Ellen (Traitor) Mann. The father died when Bert 
was a child, and there were three children in the fairiily, the sister 
being Lilly Runyon. Tony died aged two years. Bert ]Mann as a boy 
attended school in his native county, and w^hen he had completed the 
course of study in the common schools, took up active work on the home 



576 HISTOHY OF MADISON COUNTY 

farm. When he was twenty years old he had the courage to marry ilie 
girl of his choice, who was Miss Dora Bell Youug, daughter of Ellison 
and Laura Young. To their marriage have come four children, whose 
names are: Myrtle N., Trtssie E., Georgia E., and Zelpha. By their 
united efforts Mr. and Mrs. :\Ianu have been steadily prospering in the 
past fifteen years, and now have much to show for their efforls. Mr. 
Manu was formerly connected with the Gospel Workers Church, and 
he and his family now attend the Friends church. In politics he is a 




a 

place amongst the successful and honorable men, who become the back- 
bone of literature, commercialism, mechanics and agriculture, the latter 
the basis of the nation's prosperity, and to such a class of young Amei-i- 
cans belongs ^Ir. ^lann of this brief review. 

He., aided by his estimable wife, has one of the Valuable farms in 
Boone township, Madisuji county, and they have acquired this compe- 
tency by their united efforts and they merit the respect and esleeui of 
all their many friends in ^tladison county. 

Richard H. Brunt. A life long resident of Madison county, Rich- 
ard II. Brunt has in later years somewhat retired from the strenuous 
activities which brought him a largu degree of material prosperity, but 
stiH lives upon and enjoys his fino country estate iu Boone to\s^n£.hip. 
This farm consists of two hundred and forty acres of riue land, which 
is situated about five and a half miles from Suramitville, on vdiat 
is known as the Brunt gravel road, along the rural free delivery route 
No. 24 out of Summitvi'ile. 

Richard H. Brunt v/as born in Boone tovrnship of Madison county 
about three miles west of Summitville, on the ilfth of October, 1S56. 
His parents were Thomas and Sarah Ann (Lee) Brunt, both of whom 
came from North Carclina. The mother was related to tlie same family 
which produced so many eminent men of tiie south. Thomas Brunt 
was a young man when he moved from North Carolina, and setcled 
in Madison county, about 1S33. The land on which he settled he attained 
from the government, and his patent was signed by Fresident Andrevr 
Jackson. As a pioneer he contributed his labors to the improvement and 
clearing of the land, and was a man of sturdy habits and wholesome influ- 
ence in his community. In business he prosr>ered, and before his death 
had become one of the large land owners of Madison county. The ten 
children in his family were as follows: "William D.; James A. J.; Eliza- 
beth Noble; Nnthan, Mrs. Lydia Swindle and Mrs. Sarah F. Black, de- 
ceased; John R. ; Samuel F., deceased; Mary F. Hudson, deceased: ami 
Richard H. Brunt. 

Richard H. Brunt grew up in Boone township, and as soon as he had 
reached the proper age he became a pupil in the schoolhouse near the 
3ld farm. He finished his education at Osceola, Indiana. Fariuing 
and stock raising has been the calling whichhe has pursued v.dth much 
diligence and success, and from boyhood to the present time has been 
familiar with all the details and processes of country life. During his 
earlier years he was associated vnth his brother in the managvm.p?;t oP 
the home farm. He got his start by renting a piece of land from his 
father, and gradually got ahead in the world and became independent. 

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HISTORY OF ALADISON COUNTY 577 

and is buried in the xVlexander cemetery. The four children of their 
union are: Samuel E. j John C; Oscar H., who married Miss Blanch 
McDermitt, deceased; and A. J. Brunt, Jr., who married Zola Neal and 
has one child, Hazel Alice. The second marriage of Mr. Brunt united 
him with Miss Carrie J. Thomas. Their two children are Loessie Hazel, 
who wedded Wilbur E. Runyan, and Forrest Lee. Mrs. Brunt died 
August S, lf>12, and was l.iid to rest in the Alexander cemetery. 

Mr. Brunt is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, 
Sweetzers Lodge No. 475 ; with the Improved Order of Red Men, Neoska- 
leta Tribe No. 141); the Knights of Pythias, Gas Beit Lodge No. 3G1; and 
the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks at Alexander, No. 274. 
The family have membership in the Christian church and all the male 
members of the Brunt household are Democrats. Mr. Brunt has a very 
attractive and comfortable home with excellent out-buildings and all the 
equipment necessary for the conduct of a twentieth century farm. The 
estate of Mr. Brunt is knowii as "'The Cherry Grove Stock Fariu. " 

Joel M. JonEvS. In Boone township, located on the rural delivery 
route No. 22 out of Alexandria, jNIr. Jones is one of the prosperous 
young farmers, and is engaged in the operation of one hundred and 
twenty-five acres in his home place and owns considerable other land in 
this township. He started out udthout nuicu capital, did hard work as 
his preparation for his successful cai-eer, and in later years has come 
into a plane of quiet prosperity and the esteem of his community. 

Joel M. Jones was born March 8, 1872, in 2\ionroe township of Madi- 
son county. His parents were John H. and ^lary 31. (Vinson) Jones. 
The father was also born in ^lonroe township, and the Jones family 
has been identified with this county since pioneer times. The father 
was a farmer, o\nied considerable land, and grew up and was educated 
in jNIonroe township. He is now deceased and his body was laid to rest 
in Mt. Pisgah cemetery. There were otdy two children and the older, 
"WiUiam E., -died in young manhooa. The mother now m.akes her home 
in Alexandria. 

Joel M. Jones as a boy attended the iMount Pisgah school, and v/hile 
going to school also worked at home, and acquired a thorough knowl- 
edge of all the activities of farming. His schooling was completed in 
Boone township. At the age of twenty-two ho had come into possession 
of a farm of his own, formerly owned by his grandfather, Joel Jones, 
who had come to jMadison county from North Carolina. 

Mr. Jones was married February 3, 1893, to i\Iiss Anna Greenlee. 
They are the parents of four children : Henry, deceased ; M. Belie ; 
Altha; and Harry. The family attend church at the Christian denomi- 
nation and fraternally Mr. Jones is affiliated with the Improved Order 
of Red Men, Tribe No. 149 ; the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, No. 
475; and the Knights of Pythias, Gas Belt Lodge No. 361. He is a 
Democrat in politics. His progressive industry has wrought many 
improvements in his rural home, and he and his family have a comfort- 
able home and one of the features about the place is the large new 
barn. 

James JI. Parsons. In the life history of the late James ^l. Parsons, 
one of Elwood's honored residents and substantial business men, is 
found exemplification of the truth that success is the result of labor — • 
and untiring labor. Starting out in life with no advantages save those 



578 HISTORY OF IVIADISON COUNTY 

of an energetic nature, an inherent ability and a commendable determi- 
nation to gain a position for himself in the world, he worked ceasclessly 
and persoveringly, and became known as one of those bclongiJjg to the 
class which can lay claim to the American title of self-made man. Mr. 
Parsons was born in Butler county, Ohio, July 26, 1832, a son of James 
and Sarah Ann (Ward) Parsons. 

The paternal grandfather of Mr. Parsons, John Parsons, was prob- 
ably a native of Maryland. He was a ship carpenter by trade, but 
when he went to Butler county, Ohio, as a pioneer of that section, turned 
his attention to agricultural pursuits, in which he was engaged during 
the remainder of his life. The name of his wife is not remembered, but 
it is known that he had two sons, James and William, and four daugh- 
ters, among whom was Ann. On the maternal side, the grandfather of 
Mr. Parsons was Joseph Ward, a native of New Jersey, who spent his 
life in the East. He had childrcii as follovv-s: Calvin, Luther, Amos, 
Jonathan, Sarah Ann, Phoebe and Malinda. 

James Parsons, father of James ^I. Parsons, was born in Maryland, 
and there reared to manhood. As a youth he learned the trade of shoe- 
maker, and for three years was a sailor, but eventually accompanied his 
father to Butler county, Ohio, and settled near the city of Oxford. There 
he engaged in farming until coming to [Madison county, Indiaiia, in 1835, 
and here he spent the remainder oi his life, passing away in 1883, when 
about eighty-three years old, while his wife died in 1S60, aged sixty-five 
years, and was buried at Comersville. They were Ivletliodists in. their 
religious belief. Zslr. and Mrs. Parsons had a family of seven children, 
as follows: Charlotte Ann, who married Stephen Bull and makes her 
home at xVrapahoe, Oklahoma; Jonathan W., who is deceased: Martha, 
also deceased, who v/as the wife of J. C. King, and later of Joan L. 
Milner ; James 'M., of this review ; John Vresiey, who met his death in 
the battle of Z^Iurfreesboro, during the Civil war; George W., living at 
Eigdon, Indiana; and Frances Marion, v»'ho died when six years of age. 

James ]\I. Parsons was about two years of age when brought to Indi- 
ana by his parents, the family settling in Decatur county, where he 
resided until he was twelve years of age, there attending the public 
schools. They next located on a farm in Fayette county, and there he 
made his home until ilay 3, 1853, when he joined the old circtis company 
of Spalding & Rogers, with v/hich he traveled all over the United States 
during the next five years, starting as property boy and later becom- 
ing a performer. At the end of that time he had accumulated a fund 
of experience that decided him against circus life, this experience includ- 
ing being bitten on the head by an enraged lion. Accordingly he 
returned to his home and adopted the vocation of shoemaking, a calling 
which he followed for the greater part of his life. Mr. Parsons came to 
Elwood in 1860, and here followed his trade until 1885, at which time 
he was appointed postmaster, and after the expiration of his four-year 
term was made deputy sheriff for two years and city marshal for four 
years. After leaving the latter office he was engaged in shoemaking, and 
at the time of his death had a modern establishment in the Adams Block, 
No. 1515 [Main street, and was enjoying an excellent trade. He was ever 
honorable in his methods and painstakin.g in his work, and his reputation 
was that of a thoroughly reliable man of business, and one who was to 
be trusted to live up to his obligations. During his long residence^ here 
he formed a -udde acquaintance, and in this he numbered scores of per- 
sonal friends. The pleasant home is situated at No. 1353 South B. street. 




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HISTORY OF J\LVD1S0N COUNTY 579 

On April 14, 1860, ^Ir. Parsons was married to Miss Caroline A. 
Shafer, daughter of James and Frances (Wardwell) Shafer, and to this 
union there were born children as follows: Ella, Jonathan C, Charles 
M., Frank, James Edward, Joseph, AYilliam E., Y.'ard, iMaude and Bessie. 
Of these, Pjlla lives in Indianapolis. She married Charles Mount, by 
whom she had two children, both now deceased, as is Mr. Mount. For 
her second husband she married AYilliam Clark. Jonathan C., now super- 
intendent of police at Elwood, Indiana, was a painter and paper hanger 
in Elwood, where he married Lilly Long, and they have one daughter, 
Beulah. Charles ^M., who is his father's partner in the shoemaking 
business, married ^Nletta P. Riley. Frank is a clothing salesman of AValla 
Walla, Washington, and is the husband of Yessie ]\Iount, by whom he 
has two children — Elizabeth and, Frances. James Edward died when 
five and one-half years old. Joseph, a traveling salesman living in 
Tacoma, Washington, married Ida Cheever, and they have one daugh- 
ter, Karline. William E., a tailor, who died in 1906, married Caroline 
Bentley, and they had four children, of whom two are now living — 
Charline and Thomas. AYard. Maude and Bessie all died in infancy. 
The first wife of Mr. Parsons, who was born in Butler county, Ohio, died 
in 1878, aged thirty-four years, in the faith of the IlJethodist church. 
Her father passed away in Elwood about 1893, while her mother is still 
living, aged eighty-seven years. 

On May 25, 1881, Mr. Parsons was married to Airs. Nellie 
Smith, who was born in Clernion.t county, Ohio, January 29, 1848, a 
daughter of George and Mary Yan Trump, natives of Oliio, w^ho died 
when Mrs. Parsons was still a child. They had seven children: John, 
George, Ann, Benjamin, Nellie, Alollie and Lula. Airs. Parsons married 
Irvin Smith, who is hom' deceased. By her marriage with Air. 
Parsons there have been four children: Raymond K., vrho is in the 
telephone and telegraph business at Phoenix, Arizona, married Alary 
Steele, and has one daughter, Rosaline; Chase J., a mail clei'k-in the 
Elwood postofiice, who married Hazel Creagmile, and has one' child, 
Alartha Nell ; Leo, who is proprietor of a cigar store, Elwood, married 
Gladys Yelvington ; and one child who died in infancy. 

Airs. Parsons is a member of the Alethodist Church. Air. Parsons 
belonged to Quincy Lodge No. 200, I. 0. O. F., and to the Knights of 
Pythias. A Democrat in politics, he was stanch in his support of his 
party's candidates and policies, and served four years as a member of 
the city council and one term as a member of the board of township 
trustees. James AI. Parsons passed to his final reward Alay 19, 1913, 
aged eighty years, nine months, twenty-three days. He lies buried beside 
his children in Elwood cemetery. 

Doctor Ball Davis, who resides on a fine farm in Stony Creek town- 
ship is an honored pioneer of this locality, having, been identified with its 
interests for nearly sixty years. He has, therefore witnessed the many 
changes which have transformed it from a wild and uncultivated region 
into fine farms and comfortable homes, with here and there a thriv- 
ing town in which the various industrial and commercial interests are 
represented. He is a Civil war veteran and belongs to that class of 
enterprising energetic men to vs'hom are due the progress and improve- 
ment of the Hoosier State, and his finely cultivated farm indicates 
in a measure the industrious and useful life he has led. Air. Davis 
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county, Indiana, November 13, 1840, and is a son of Thomas J. and 
:\lariali (liallj Davis, the fonnev of Virginia and tlie latter of Ohio. 
^Ir. Davis's parents came to Fayette county as young pcophj and wcrt; 
there married and in November, 1851, came to Madison county, here 
spending the remainder of their lives. Thomas J. Davis passed to his 
final reward November 5, 1855, while his v>'ido\v survived liim for many 
years, her demise occurring February 16, 1891. They were the parents 
of nine children, of whom seven are living at this time: William of 
Clarion, Grant county, Indiana; James H., who lives at Anderson; D. B.; 
Sarah, the wife of Guthrie Morris; Elizabeth, single, and residing at 
Anderson; Eachel A., of An.derson, the widow of Jolui F. Whitiiiger; 
and John E., also a resident of xVnderson. 

D. B. Davis accompanied his parents to ^[adison county in 1851, and 
as his father died during the next year, when he was a lad^ of but tifteeu 
years, his early education was somewhat neglected. However, in later 
years, by study, observation and much reading, he has made up tVir his 
lack of early chances, and now has a better education than many who 
were granted much better opportunities. On settling on the new land, 
the family found it covered with a dense growth of timber, and it became 
the duty of the sons to clear, gTub and prepare the land for planting, 
and at this hard, manual labor, 31r. Davis spent his youth and young 
manhood. He was so engaged at the time of the outbreak of the v\-ar 
between the northern and southern States, and with a number of other 
patriotic you'ig men of his neighborhood he enlisted in September, 1861, 
in Company G, Forty-seventh Regiment, Indiaria Volunteer Difantry, 
which was assigr^ed to the Army of the Mississippi. Although his service 
covered more than four years, during which he participated in some of 
the most bitterly-contested battles of the war, including the siege of 
Vieksburg, ]Mf. Davis was never taken prisoner, wounded or sick hi tJie 
hospital, and when he received his honorable discharge, in November, 
1865, he had a record for bravery, faithfulness and devotion to duty 
that was surpassed by no man of his command. The men. of his coai- 
pany admired him for his bravery and his officers respected him for the 
-reason that he could be absolutely depended upon to perform whatever 
duty devolved upon him. It has been these characteristics, in large 
measure, which have made liim so successful in his subseouent career. 
His military career entitles him to membership in Major May Post No. 
141, Grand Army of the Republic, with which he is now connected, and 
ill which he and his comrades are wont to discuss and live over the inci- 
dents and experiences of the days when secession reared its gorj- head 
and the youth of the land were called upon to save their country's honor. 
■ On October 6, 1867, Mr. Davis was married to ^liss Matilda E. Eads, 
who was born in ^Madison county, Indiana, September 12, 1848, and who 
died February 4, 1909. They became the parents of six children as fol- 
lows: Brittle M., who became the wife of Josiah Moi-rison : Arthur C, 
who married Harriet Werts ; Joslin E., who is single, and is engaged as a 
bookkeeper in Dwiggins wire factory; Bessie, who is the wife of V\'ilson 
Ne^vton and resides with her father; Roscoe C. who married Julia 
linger; and Weaver B., who married Nancy ]\Iarice. Tlh^ menibers of 
this family are connected with the ^lethodist Episcopal ehurch. where 
they have beer, active in the work of the Epworth League and large con- 
tributors to its various movements. Mr. Davis always vras a Repubhcau 
until the campaign of 1912, at which time he transferred his allegiance 
to the new Progressive party. He has never been an office seeker, how- 



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HISTORY OF IVIADISON COUNTY 581 

ever, and only takes a good citizen's interest in matters of a publii^ 
nature. 

Since returning from the army, Mr. Davis has been almost contin- 
uously engaged in agricultural pursuits, and his operations have been 
attended by the utmost measure of success. At one time he was the 
owner of 300 acres of land, but much of this has been distributed among 
his children, and he now has but 160 acres. He was also the builder of 
tlie Davis tile factory in Stony Creek township, and continued to con- 
duct that business from 18S1: until 1904, when he disposed of his inter- 
ests. At all times he has manifested a comuiendable desire to be of 
benefit to his township and his fello^v-citizens, and few men in the town- 
ship have a wider circle of friends or stand higher in general public 
esteem. 

John Georgk 1Iixi>lrkr. Since 1889 a resident of Anderson, ^fr. 
Hinderer has contributed in no small measure to the creative industry 
of this city. Though he has spent many years and is known to many 
local people chiefly as a market gardener, who supplies tables in hun- 
dreds of homes v/ith choicest of vegetables, he has a special genius in 
mechanics, is an inventor of no mean ability, has manufactured musical 
instruments in Aiulerson ajid elsewhere, and at his plant in che suburbs 
is now makiiig and distributing over a large territory some of the most 
practical devices used in poultry and general farming. 

John George Hinderer is a native of Pennsylvania, born in Clarion 
county, xVpril 25, 1858. His father was G. Hinderer, a native of Ger- 
many. John Hinderer, a brother of G. Hinderer, came to America and 
settled at Troy, Ohio. He is deceased. Other relatives of these two 
brothers came to America, one named Chris, settling at Goshen, Indiana, 
while Robert settled in Lafayette, Indiana, and Gottlieb was in Kanka- 
kee, Illinois, and Frederick in Columbus, Ohio. G. Hinder-r was reared 
and educated in his native land, and while there served an apprentice- 
ship in learning the trade of weaver. "When his apprenticeship was 
finished, he immigrated to America, settled in Clarion county, Penn- 
sylvania, and for some time was employed there in an iron ore smelter. 
After that he bought a farm one mile southeast of Lickingville, and be- 
came identified with general farming. He also put in a loom and wove 
woolens and linen goods for the local trade. Combining those industries 
until 1870, he then sold his farm and moved to. Ohio, buying another 
farm at Troy, in I\liarai county. That was his home for five years, at 
the end of w^hich time he sold out and bought a place thi*ee miles north 
of Greenville, in Darke county, and continued as a substantial farmer 
until his death on September 3, 1891, at the age of sixty-six \-ears. The 
maiden name of his wife was ^lary Anna Emminger. She v,-as born in 
Pennsylvania, a daughter of John George and ^laria (Slater) Emmin- 
ger, and a granddaughter of Chris Emminger, a native of Pennsyl- 
vania, but of German parentage. The wdfe of G. Hinderer died IMay 
5, 1900, at the age of sixty-four. She reared ten children named as fol- 
lows: John G., Herman B., Lizzie, Jennie, Daniel, ^Matilda, Jacob S., 
Henry, Christie, and ^.linnie. 

John George Hinderer while a boy had the advantages of the rural 
schools of Washington townsliip in Clarion county. Pennsylvania. In 
1867 he was enabled to go to Europe, where he entered the Eslingeu Uni- 
vei-sity, at Eslingen, and took a course of three years in languages and 
other studies. At the end of that time he returned to Ameri:-a, and hav- 



582 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

ing a taste for nieelianical work of the finer sort he located at Brattleboro, 
Vermont, wliere he served an apprenticeship in the Jacob Estey Organ' 
factory. He was there five years, and became an expert workman, in 
organ manufacture. From there he went to Ohio, and for a tiuie was 
employed in farming with his father until his marriage. He began 
domestic life on a farm in Darke county, lived there two years, and sell- 
ing out began the manufacture and trading in organs and pianos at 
Greenville, Ohio. That business he continued with fair success until 
1899, and then moved to Anderson. On the upper floor of the Hancock 
and Ellison Building on Ninth Street, he established his organ factory, 
and contiiuied in the musical business until 1894. He put out a very 
high grade of organs, and gave an individual touch to instruments such 
as those made in the immense factory never received. In 189-1 ]\Ir. 
Hinderer rented a tract of land in the southeastern part of the city, and 
began truck farming. On that place he also set up a little shop and began 
making a rotary slavr and vegetable cutter, a machnie which was a great 
improvement over similar devices then in use. Fi^'e years later he v/as 
able to buy the tract of land which he had previously leased, and has 
since continued market gardening. In 1901 Mr. Hiiiderer began the 
manufacture of the incubator known as the Excellent Incubator, and 
since that time has made and distributed thousands of these articles. 
To breeders and raisers of poultry, the Excellent Incubator is known 
as one of the best of many on. the market. In 1912, ]\Ir. Hinderer has 
added to his local industry by establishing a mill for the grinding of 
corn and feed. His machinery is all operated by gasoline posver. 

On January 19, 1881, ^Ir. Hinderer married ^Nlary Elizabeth Vorn- 
holt. She was born in New Bremen, Auglaize county, Ohio. Her fatlier. 
John Vornholt, v/as a native of Hesse Cassel, C4ermany, and a son of 
John Vornholt, who brouglit his family to America, coming in a sail 
vessel that was six weeks between Europe and America. Grandfather 
Vornholt was one of the pioneers of Auglaize county, Ohio, bought a 
tract of land in the woods, hev/ed a farm from the wilderness and made 
it his home until his death. John Vornholt, tiie father of I\Irs. Hinderer,. 
was six years old when the family migrated to America. He was reared 
in Auglaize county, amid pioneer surroundings, and after attaining 
manhood secured a tract of eighty acres, three miles from New Bremen. 
There he built a log house, and that was the liome to which he to<'k his 
bride, and where all his children were born. In the course ot years 
he improved an excellent farm, and continued to live there until his 
death in 1893.- He married Dorothy Bidemier. She was born in Amster- 
dam, Holland. Her father was a soldier in the Dutch army, and died 
while in service. After his death his widow and five children started 
for America, taking passage in a sail vt-ssel which had a long and tedious 
voyage of nine weeks. The little family settled in Auglaize county, Ohio. 
and the five Bidemier children were Ilettie, William. August. Carrie 
and Dorothy. The mother of Mrs. Hinderer died in 1903. 

To the marriage of IMr. and ^Irs. Hinderer were born four children. 
named John G., Mary M., Lizzie D., and ]Martin L., and all are married. 
iVIary jM. is the wife of Robert Langley, and has one son Clinton. Liz/ie 
married Samuel Farmer, and their three children are Bonita, Evelyn, 
and Albert. Martin married Artie Greene, and has three eli^ildren 
named Jeanette, Paul, and Vivian. INFr. and ^Irs. Hinderer are of the 
Spiritualist faith, and worship in the Spiritualist church in And<^rsi>n. 
Mr. Hinderer has membership in the Knights of the Orient. 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 583 

Cassius C. Jacobs was born on a farm in West Vincent township, 
Chester county, Pennsylvania, on September 1, 1845. At the age of 
five years he uioved with his parents and older sister to Madison county, 
Indiana. He is the son of Charles P. and Esther A. Jacobs. The former 
is a sou of Thomas and Sarah Jacobs. 

Charles P. Jacobs was born in Chester county, Pennsylvania, on Oc- 
tober 6, 1816, and died on October 6, 1901. He married Esther Ann Fus- 
sell, daughter of AYilliam and Jane Foulk Fussell in Chester county on 
October 27, 18-42, and they came to Madison county, Indiana, on Novem- 
ber 28, 1850, locating near Pendleton, Indiana; takiiig eight days to 
make the trip, first by stage over the Allegheny mountains, then by steam 
boat down the Ohio river, then by train to Indianapolis from there tak- 
ing farm wagon' to Pendleton, Indiana, where they continued to reside 
through the remainder of their lives. They became the parents of two 
children: Elmira, born September 17, 1843, and who died on March 
27, 18G5, unmarried; and Cassius C. Jacobs of this sketch. 

Cassius C. Jacobs came to Madison county at an earl}' age and here 
has passed his life from an early period. He attended the public scbool 
lasting from two to three montlis in the year and working on the farm 
and in his teens was able to attend the Normal school at Lebanon, Ohio. 
He was twenty-eight years old when in 1873 he married Sarah A. Yer- 
non and settled down to farm life. She is a daughter of Edord B. and 
Hannah (Rogers) Vernon, and she was born on January 23, 1850, and 
educated in the common, sdiools of Madison county, Indiana. Her fa- 
ther, Edward B. Vernon, was born in 1816, in Chester eoarity, Pennsyl- 
vania, and was married in 1843 in ^Madison county, having come here 
about 1837. He made this count}' his home until his death on October 
7, 1912. He was the father of tv/elve children, five of whom are living 
at the present time. 

As a member of the Republican party and an active worker in its 
ranks, Mr. Jacobs as in past years on many occasions has given valued 
service to the community in which he has lived. He was a mem.ber of the 
board of supervisors for six years and proved himself a most efficient 
member of that body. The one instance when ]\Ir. Jacobs was separated 
from the communal life of this tov;nship and from his farming activities 
was when he located in Anderson and New Castle, Indiana, and had 
charge of a general agency for the Singer Sewing Machine Com.pany. 
He eventually reverted to his farming interests, however, and has since 
been thus occupied in sawmilliug, buying and selling logs and lumber 
in connection with his farming, and he has enjoyed much success in the 
industries. IMr. Jacobs has seen many changes in the life of the town- 
ship in the years of his association with the community, and of those 
who lived at Spring Valley and this part of Fall Creek w^hen he first 
came here, not one is living today in his. school district. 

Mr. and Mrs. Jacobs have two sons, Arthur, bom IMarch 15, 1874, 
who was married to Anna Williams; they have two children, Eva M. 
and Edward W. Jacobs; and Charles Jacobs, born October 5, 1875. He 
married Fannie D. Budgurs, and they have two children, also: Audra 
M. and Horace Jacobs. 

The Jacobs family througli their long and praiseworthy identity 

with the county of Madison, occupy an enviable place in the esteem and 

regard of the representative citizenship of the communities in which the 

various members of the family are known, and taken as a whole, may 

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584 HISTORY OF i\L\DISON COUNTY 

well be said to be one of the standard type of resident thai has borno so 
worthy a part ni the growth and upward development of the county. 

Rev. Robert Sellers, pastor of the East Main Street Chi-istiaa 
Church, at Elwood, Indiana^ was born near Franklin, Johnson couutv 
Indiana, February 10, 185/, and is a son of Nelson and Sarah t' 
(Pritchard) Sellers. His paternal gTandfather, Samuel Sellers was a 
soldier during the War of 1S12, and subsequently became a pioneer of 
Johnson county, Indiana, where he was for many years engaged in 
farming, and where liis death occurred in advanced years, buriaf beih<^ 
made near Nineveh. He and his v/ife were the parents of six children" 
Martin, Cynthia, Pollie, Sallie, Betsey and Nelson. On the maternal 
side, the grandparents of Rev. Sellers were Lewis and'Susan (Martin) 
Pritchard, natives of Kentucky, and early settlers and farmers of John- 
son county, where both passt'd away. Their children were: Curti> 
James, John, Robert, Nancy, Sarah T. and Jane. 

Nelson Sellers was born in Indiana, and was reared in Scott cotaity, 
but subseciuently went to Johnson county, where he secured a farm aiid 
spent the rest of his life in making a home for his farnily. a faithful 
member of the Christian Church, and a loyal and public-spirited citi- 
zen, he was widely known, and well merited the esteem in which h-- v.-as 
universally held. Born July 8, 1825, his death occurred Januarv 6, 
1901, while his wife, also a native of Indiana, was born February lb\ 
1830, and passed to her final rest November 1, 1905. They ^vere the par- 
ents of eight sons and three daughters, as follows: AVilliam T., a resi- 
dent of Indianapolis; :\Iary Elizabeth,' who became the wife of II. A. 
Green, of Jacksonville, Florida; John, who is now deceased; Martin! 
residing at Franklin, Indiana; Rev. Robert, of this revieu-; Lewis X., 
living at Franklin ; Susan Jane, who became the v.'ife of S. H. Broughton! 
of Indianapolis; Rev. Elmer, who li^es in Loganspoit. inaiaaa: Emma! 
who is the wife of William Pangburn, of Franklin; Dr. Blaine H., a 
dentist of Indianapolis; and Dr. Samuel N., engaged in the practice' of 
dentistry at Clinton, Indiana. 

Robert Sellers was reared on his father's farm in Jolmson e'.)uutv, 
and there received his early education in the district schools. Subse- 
quently he attended Franklin College, and Butler College, at Irvingtou. 
Indiana, and graduated from the latter institution in 18SL Foilowin? 
this he read medicine for a short time, but iji 1885 began preaching, 
being first an Evangelist in Johnson county. Tipton became his fii5t 
pastorate, but two years later he returned to Johnson county, and from 
there went to South Bend, where he was pastor of the Christian Church 
for eight years. He subsequently spent two years at Ashtiibula, Ohio. 
and then returned to Irvington, where he became field secreta^-y for 
Butler College. Rev. Sellers' next charge was Greeneasle, Indiana, 
where he continued for three years, and in 100-i he came to Elwood, 
w^here he is now^ serving his ninth year as pastor of the East Main 
Street Christian Church, the congregation of which now numbers over 
a thousand souls. Rev. Sellers is still in the prime of life, is active and 
alert, and never tires of doing good for his beloved fiock. He ha5 
endeared himself to all classes, regardless of denomination or nationality, 
and his influence, always for good, is found in every walk of city life. 

On February 24, 1886, Rev. Sellers was married to :Miss Lauretta 
E. Morgan, who was born in John.son county, Indiana, daughter of 
Madison and ^Mary Ann (McCaslin) Morgan,"^ natives of the Hoosier 



HISTORY OF IVIADISON COUNTY 585 

State who are both now deceased. Three children have been boru 
to Eev. and Mrs. Sellers: Paul 'M., of Elwood, who married Lola 
Euders, and has three children — Dorothy, Richard and Donald; 
Lucille, who married J. I. Spingler, and lives in Frajiklin, and Robert, 
who is a student in the Elwood High School. 

Purl Dean. In the personnel of the live business men of the 
thriving town of Summitville, Indiana, Mr. Dean, of the weU kno\vn 
firm of Dean & TouJison, stands for progress, aggressiveness and 
honesty in the execution of his business interests. He is known in Madi- 
son county as possessed of rare business acumen, which is a requisit^e 
that is a direct aid in tlie advancement of any village, town or city. 

Mr. Dean is a native of Madison county, Indiana, and was born 
March 29, 1873, the only child born to his parents, Calvin and Dee 
(Reed) Dean, both residents of Grant county, Indiana. The father 
is a native of the Blue Grass state of Kentucky, and his life has been 
spent as an agriculturist, althor.gh much of his time has been devoted 
to the work of an auctioneer. 

Mr. Dean of this review has been reared in Madison and Grant 
counties and received a good practical education in the public schools, 
and the town schools. ]\Iost of his boyhood days were spent on one 
of the pretty Indiana farms of North Central Indiana, and he well 
knows the value of that training which the farmer lad receives, if 
he wishes to luy the proper foundation stones of life. In business 
he has been eminently successful. As an agriculturist he has met with 
success, and in the buying and selling of horses he ranks with any 
buyer in Madison county. Besides this he has followed in the foot- 
steps of his father as an auctioneer, and his services' are constantly 
in demand. He has a splendid farm in Van Buren township, contain- 
ing excellent improvements, and for some years has been a member of the 
firm of Dean & Tomlison, of Summitville, dealers in all the best makes 
of buggies, wagons, plows and harness. In 1913 the firm erected .one 
of the best business houses in Summitville for the display of their goods, 
containing light work rooms and offices, and the building is the pride 
of the town of Summitville. ^Ir. Dean is an affable, genial, cordial 
gentleman, and by his cordifility of manner wins many customers. 
He is always ready to greet the stranger with a word of cheer and 
good will, which is not thrown away. 

He wedded Miss Maude North, September 19, 1881, a most estimable 
lady, and to this union there has been boru one son, Rail, now a student 
in the graded schools of Summitville. Fraternally Mr. Dean is an 
honored member of the Modern Woodmen of America ; the Improved 
Order of Red Men, Neoskaleta Tribe, No. 149 ; the Orioles, Nest No. 8, 
and the Order of the Eagles, Eyrie No. 1755. Mr. Dean and his family 
are in sympathy with the teachings and doctrines of the United Brethren 
church, and politically he is a Democrat. They are citizens who are 
highly esteemed in the business and social circles of Summitville. 

William E. TiiOjIPSON. Since the pionee days of ^ladison county 
this section of Indiana has known and has been influenced by four gen- 
erations of the Thompson family, and representatives of three genera- 
tions are now living and are active workers in the business enterprises 
of Anderson. The four generations of the family have alike been dis- 
tinguished for exceptional business talent, enterprise and large public 



586 HISTORY OF IVIADISON COUNTY C 

? 
spirit, and as individuals they have contributed many important serv- 
ices to the life and activities of the county. William E. Thompson & 
Son are prondnent in Anderson as contractors and builders,, and many 
of the fine business structures and other works are credited to their 
industry and skill. 

William E. Thompson, the head of the firm of W^illiam E. Thomp- 
son & Son, of Anderson, was born in ^ladison county, in the viilagt; 
knovrh as Prosperity, five miles north of Anderson, ]March 19, 1S5S. 
His father, James A. Thompson, was born October 12, 1834, at ^liltou, 
Wayne county, Indiana. The grandfather was the Rev. William A. 
Thompson, one of the remarkable characters in the early history of In- 
diana. His regular occupation was farming, but for many years he 
was devoted to the ministry of the Baptist church, one of the old-time 
preachers who performed his work without salary, ministering for the 
good of the souls and tlie welfare of his community. 

An interesting sketch of Rev. William A. Thompson, the pioneer 
mijiister, is found in a work previously published of the history of 
Madison couuty, and for its intrinsic value it is reproduced almost 
verbatim in this sketch. "AYilliam A. Thomi>sou was born in the state 
of Virginia, October 12, ISOo. He was married on September 26, 1819, 
to Mary E. Berger, by which union a fauiily of thirteen children were 
born, eight sons and five daughters, of whom eleven grew to be men and 
women and eight were living in 1874. He removed from the state of 
Virginia to Henry county, Indiana, in the spring of 1832, and lived 
there until the spring of 1839. He then moved to Madison county, 
which continued to be his home until 186G. He then went to Sullivan 
county, on the western border of Indiana, and spent his final years in 
that vicinity. His early 1.-ade was that of shoemaking, but when he 
came to Madison county he abandoned that vocation and chose farming 
as his occupation, a vocation more cong-nial to him and one in which 
he prospered. In 1828 he joined the :\Ierhodist Episcopal church, and 
eontiimed a member until 1830. He then allied himself with the old- 
school Baptist denomination. On the first Saturday in August, 3830, 
he preached his first sermon, and continued to preach without inter- 
mission until the end of his life. He seldom passed a Saturday or Sun- 
day without delivering a religious discourse. He was always remark- 
able for his good health an.d fine physical constitution, and, above all. for 
his good temper. During his long life he was scarcely ever knOAvn to 
be angiy, especially -with any member of his family. He stood five feet, 
eight inches high, was heavy set and had a full, ruddy complexion, 
blue eyes, black hair. He was a very fluent speaker, and his eloquence 
was forceful and impressive, as well as fluent. In politics he was a 
Democrat. His wife died on ^lay ^3, 1864, and he later married Mrs. 
Sarah Richards, widow of John Richards, who had been a Baptist min- 
ister in Grant county, Indiana. Rev. Thompson was elected a member 
of the Indiana legislature in 1856, and in that capacity served^ one 
term with great honor to himself and the people. He was one of the 
committee who voted against the state paying the Wabash & Erie craial 
bonds. In 1865 he was elected a county commissioner for IMadisoa 
county, and during his one term in that office v^-as mainly instnimenta- 
in having Madison county issue bonds to pay bounties to the sold'ers 
who had volunteered for th-r cause of ihe Union." 

James A. Thompson, the father of AVilliam E., was reared in :\Iadi- 
■5on county from the age of five years, and has had a successful career 



HISTORY OF IVIADISON COUNTY 587 

as a contractor and builder. He lias contributed a brief and somewhat 
original sketch of himself, which is here reproduced: "I came to 
]\radison county in the spring of 1839, and have lived in the county 
ever since (written in 1913). "Was married February 12, 1S57, in this 
county. I am a house carpenter and have worked at the trade for 
fifty-three years. I joined the 2lIasonic order November 22, 1860, 
and have been an active v/orker ever since. The niglit has never been 
too hot, too wet or cold for me to attend a Masonic Lodge, and in late 
years vvhen the family have prevailed on me to remain at home and 
not expose myself to the cold and disagreeable weather, I have always 
answered them that 'No man ever sutfei-ed by attending the Masonic 
Lodge.' I am a Thirty-second degree member at ludiaiuipolis. I be- 
long to no church but attend the service of all denominations. — James 
A. Thompson." He married ]\Iiss Tabitha Mustard, a first cousin of 
Daniel jMustard, a banker of Anderson. She ^vas born in Madison 
county, August 30, 1838, and her father. Enos Mustard, was formerly 
from Ohio. 

"William E. Thompson, a son of James A. Thompson and wife, ac- 
cpired his early education in the public schools at Anderson, and after 
leaving the high school he wejit to Ottawa, Illinois, where he was era- 
ployed as a clerk iji the retail shoe store of Phipps & Company. He 
was subsequently put in charge of a shoe store at Streator, Illinois, and 
from thei'e went to Chicago, where he spent a little more than a year 
as a clerk in a shoe store. "With that experience he returned to Ander- 
son and followed the same line of work for four years. At the end of 
that time he went to work at the carpenter trade under his father's 
supervision, and worked with him in the contracting and building busi- 
ness for two years, at the end of which time he took up contracting on 
his owTi account. He was later again engaged vrith his fath.er for three 
years, and then joined P. P. ^fillspaugVi in the firm of Tliompson & 
^lillspaugh, the partnership continuing for three years. During that 
time the firm built some of the large residences, school houses and 
churches in Anderson. They erected the city library building here 
and at Hartford City and Carthage, Indiana. After the dissolution 
of the above firm W^illiam E. Thompson continued alone until 1913, at 
which time his son was taken into partnership, and the firm is now 
known as "William E. Thompson & Son. During the busy season Mr. 
Thompson employs ciuite a force of men, and his services have been 
utilized in much of the building construction not only in the city and 
county but elsewhere in the state. His strict rules of business are well 
known, and he is a contractor whose undertakings are carried out uith 
most scrupulous pains and with the utmost reliability, both as to work- 
manship and as to time. 

On the 18th of January, 1881, ]\Ir. Thompson was married to ]\ris3 
Mary C. Latfan, of Chicago. She died in 1890, leaving the following 
children: Rome H., Fred E. and Joe F. For his second wife Mr. 
Thompson married ^Irs. Ida Beall McDowell, of Marion, a member 
of one of the old families of Grant county. Her father, George AV. Beall, 
is a well knov.-n citizen. Air. Thompson is prominent in AEasonry, hav- 
ing taken all the degrees in the York Rite, and his affiliations are with 
Mt. Moriah Lodge, No. 77, A. F. & A. M. ; Anderson Chapter, No. 52, 
R. A. M. ; Anderson Commandery, No. 32, K. T.; and Murat Temple, 
N. M. S., at Indianapolis. He also has affiliations with the Benevolent 



588 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

and Protective Order of Elks in Lodge No. 209 at Andersou. Tlie 
Thompson home in Anderson is at 120 West Seventh street. 

George T. Beebe. In the fall elections of 1912. when the voters of 
Madison county elected George T. Beebe to tlie office of county trea.s- 
urer, they voiced the expression of their confidence in his integrity, 
his ahsolute reliability and his ability to handle the affairs of one of 
Indiana's leading counties. It is generally found that the people of a 
community are not slow in recognizing true worth in an individual, 
and the man selected to handle the financial resources of a section is 
invariably one who has made a success in his private ati'airs. In the 
case of j\Ir. Beebe there has been no exception to this rule, for his career 
has been one of earnest effort, concluding in v/ell nientt-d success, a 
success all the more commendable in that it has been entirely self 
gained. r\lr. Beebe was born at Draw Bridge, Sussex cou!ity, Delaware. 
January 23, 1856. Plis father, John S. Beebe, was a native of Virginia 
and an early settler of Delaware, where for many years he v.'as a pros- 
perous farmer. He married Miss Elizabeth Carey, a native of Dela- 
ware, and both are no\^- deceased. They became the parents of ei^jiit 
children, ail of whom lived to years of maturity. 

George Thomas Beebe received his early education in the public 
schools of his native state, and in 1877 came to Madison county, Indiana, 
v/here for a time he was engaged in teaching school. Subsequently he 
became a student in a private preparatory school at Ehvood, and after 
leaving there taugiit in the Eiwood schools, but gave up his career as 
a teacher to become a telegraph operator in the emploj- of the Lake 
Erie & AVestern. Eailroad. Ke continued in that office and as agent for 
the road for one year, anu then became a bookkeeper for George Hart- 
ing, of Eiwood, continuing with that gentleman for a short period. 
Coming then to Anderson, he vas eppointed deputy sheriti of Madison 
county, an ofnce in which ne continued to serve for two years. At th-iit 
time Mr. Beebe piu'chasiid his present abstract and title bu.siuess from 
E. E. Hendcoe and Albert Small, and has since maintained his oJiice 
in the Masonic Temple, where he has the most complete set of abstract 
books since the first settlement of JMadison county. For a time Mr. 
Beebe served in the capacity of president of the Citizens Gas Company. 
He has interested himself actively and intelligently in Vv'hatever lias 
affected his adopted city, and has steadily advanced to a place in public 
confidence. A Democrat in politics, in 1912 he was the candidate of 
his party for the office of county treasurer, to which he was elected, 
and from his past record there is no doubt that he will be able to satis- 
factorily discharge the duties of his high position when he takes the 
reins of office on January 1, 1914. With his family he is an attendar.: 
of the iMethodist Episcopal church, of which he has been a member and 
liberal supporter for the past thirty-five years. His popularit}- among 
all classes is general, and among the members of the Knights of Pythias 
in Andersou he has numerous warm friends. 

In January, 1887, Mr. Beebe was married to ]\Iiss Florence Wright. 
born near Frankton, and to this ttnion there have been born two daugii- 
ters. Helen E. and Rachel E. The elder daughter is a graduate of 
the Anderson high school and completed her education in the State 
University at Bloomington, Indiana. The younger dangliter is attend- 
ing the Anderson high school. The pleasant family residence, at No. 830 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 589 

West Eigbtli street, is located in one of the most exclusive residence sec- 
tions of the city. 

Elijah Posey jMc^.Iaiian. JMonroe township in iladison county is 
noted for its finely improved and productive homesteads, and one of 
these is occupied by Elijah Posey McMahan, who has lived in this 
county all his life, and has acquired exceptional energy and good busi- 
ness ability through his farming operations, and is one of the most pros- 
perous country residents of the county. He owns in his home place 
cue hundred and sixty acres and has eighty acres in Boone township. 
]Mr. McMahan has served as county coriuuissionor of Madison county, 
and has for many years been an influential factor in his community. 

Elijah Posey McMahan was born September 7, 1855, in Boone town- 
ship of Madison county, a son of Jesse and Lilly (Williamson) ]Me- 
Mahan. The paternal grandparents came from North Carolina in the 
early days, and in their family was Jesse iMcIMahan, then a small boy. 
The latter was reared and spent all his active life in iMadiso)! county, 
and is well remembered among the old residents of this vicinity. He 
and his wife were the parents of seven children, namely: Elijali P.; 
Enoch AV. ; ^Irs. Louisa I\Ioore; James; Mrs. Martha Bear, who died 
leaving ten children; Carolina, deceased; and Sam'l who died in infancy. 

^Ir. Elijah P. ^Ic^Iahan was born on the ^IclMahan farm. He grew 
up there, in the environments of I\Iadison county, during the decade 
of the v.-ar, and as a boy v/as educated first in the Brunt schools, and 
later at the Union school. Wlien twenty-one years of age he began his 
independent career as a renter, and subsequently bought his present 
farm. He has been successful from tlie start and has never lacked in 
means to provide for himself and fandly. Mv. ]Me]\[ahan married Sarah 
A. Montgomery daughter of Samuel and ^lary (Thurston) Montgom- 
ery. Their nine children are mentioned as follows: Orville, who mar- 
ried Sarah Kirkpatrick and has two cliildren, Wayne and Mildred; 
IMyrtle, who married Hayes Webster, and their children, are Cecil, 
Irene, Robert, Mabel and Jane; Lula, is the wife of J. C. Frazier, and 
their children are Lester, Jesse, Ruby, Victor, Opal, Fred and Grace; 
Emma, married James Crouse, and is the mother of Leo, William, 
Donald and Howard; Winnie, is the wife of Ran Allman; John, mar- 
ried i\Iiss Olive Gwinn and has a daugliter Isabelle; Grover is raanager 
of the home farm; and the tsvo youngest children were Marjorie, and 
Jessie, but the last named is now deceased. 

As a farmer Mr. Mc]\Iahan raises a large quantity of stock and also 
maint-ains a dairy, selling a great deal of milk to the dealers. For three 
terms he was elected count}' commissioner and during that time was 
instrumental in forwarding many improvements for the county. Mr. 
McMahan is a member of the Methodist church and his wife worships 
^^'ith the Baptist denomination. 

WiLi.iAM L. Savage. The manager of a well-improved farm of 
120 acres, lying in ilonroe township, William Savage is an able and 
worthy representative of the agricultural interests of ]\Iadison county, 
where he has spent his entire career. A member of the younger genera- 
tion of farmers, he has the hard-headed practicality inherited from a 
long line of agricultural ancestors, with which he combines the enthusi- 
asm of youth and the use of modem scientific methods and machinery. 
Mr. Savage was born on the old famil}' homestead in Pipe Creek town- 



590 HISTORY OF ^IxVDISON COUNTY 

ship, Madison county, Indiana, August 13, 1890, and is a son of Co- 
lumbus and ^lag-gie (Peck) Savage. 

The Savage family is known as one of the old and honored ont.'S of 
Madisgn county, having been fomided here by the great-grandpar- 
ents of Williani Savage, who came to Indiana from Vermont, tlie Green 
IMountain State, and here took up land from the government. Scipia 
Savage, the grandfather of AYilliam Savage, was born in the Green 
Mountain State, and was a child when brought to the newly opened 
section of Indiana. Here he married Nancy Beason, and settled down 
to agricultural pursuits, in which he was engaged during the remainder 
of his life. Columbus Savage was born in I'ipe Creek township, :\Iadi- 
son county, and followed in the foot-steps of his father and grandfather, 
adopting the tilling of the soil as a vocation. He has continued to fol- 
low this occupation throughout his career, and is now a well-known 
and substantial farmer of Boone tovrnship, where he owns a large tract 
of land. Columbus Savage was twice married, first to Miss Maggie 
Peck, and they ^vere the parents of two children. The daughter. Nor a— 
the eider, is deceased, and William L. is the subject of this review. The 
second marriage was with ]Miss Josina Benedict, and thore_ v/ere four 
children born of this union: Herman, Mary, Bernice, Veruice, but the 
youngest is deceased. 

The early education of AYilliam Savage was secured in the public 
schools of Elwood, following which he became a pupil in the Duck 
Creek township schools, but subsequently returned to Elwood, v. here 
he completed his training. During this time he had been engaged ni 
assisting his father in the work of the home place, and received a thor- 
ough training in all matters of an agricultui-al nature. At the time ot 
his^marriagej he embarked upon a career of his own, locating on a prop- 
erty on Alexandria Rural Free Delivery Route No. 1, in Monroe town- 
ship, and here he has continued to carry on general farming and stock 
raising operations with uniform success. He has kept fully abreast ot 
the various changes and advancements made in his vocation, and has 
never been backward in adopting measures which have shown themselves 
-to be of a beneficial nature. His intelligent management of his affairs 
has gained him prosperity, and a position of leadership among the 
younger farmers of his community. 

On Februarv 15, 1913, Mr. Savage was united in marriage with 
Miss Blanche ^lerrill, daughter of High and ^lary Merrill. High :\Ier- 
rill was a machinist of Dayton, Ohio, who subsequent!}- moved to Tr.)y 
Ohio, and thence to Hartford City, Indiana, where the last years of 
his life w^ere passed. He was the father of three children: Blanche, 
Bessie and one who is nov/ deceased. 

Mr. Savage is a Republican in his political belief, buthis connection 
with matters of a public nature has been somewhat limited, as he iias 
been too busy with his agricultural operations to actively enter the 
political arena. However, good men and measures receive his hearty 
support, and he shows an active and intelligent interest in all that 
affects the welfare of his community. Fraternally, he is connected with 
the local lodge of the Improved Order of Red :\ren, m which he has 
many friends. With his wife, he attends the Christian ciiurch. 

Weldon B. Gorden. Since 1894, Weldon B. Gorden has been a resi- 
dent of section 3, ]\Ionroe township, where he is the owner of an excel- 
lent property of tw^o hundred acres, lying on the Gorden Grove road. 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 591 

about five miles nortli of Alexandria. Daring this time he has been 
connected Avith various enterprises of an agricultural nature, and has 
fairly earned the leading position which he occupies among the farm- 
ers of his locality. ]Mr. Gorden was born half a mile east of Ids pres- 
ent farm, October IS, 1859, and is a son of James and Susan (LaRue) 
Gorden. 

Anderson Gorden, the paternal grandfather of Weldon B. Gorden, 
was born in North Carolina, from whence he removed to Wayne county, 
thence came to Putnam county and subsequently came to ^ladison county, 
where he became the first settler in section 10, Moui'oe township. Set- 
tling in the woods, he took up laud from the government, cleared and 
developed a farm, and eventually became one of the substantial men 
of his community. James Gorden was also born in Wayne county and 
accompanied his parents to J.Iadison county, here assisting his father 
in clearing his land, and, like him, becoming well known as a farmer 
and public-spirited citizen. lie and his wife were the parents of nine 
children: ilary A., who is now ]Mrs. Leslie; liydia E., who is deceased; 
Norman: Louis; Plari-iet, who is now Mrs. Osborn; Albert and Colum- 
bus, who are deceased; AVcIdon; and Catherine, who is now Mrs. ^Forris. 

Weldon B. Gorden attended the public schools of Monroe tovv'uship 
and Danville, and during the greater part of his boyhood and youth 
assisted his father in cultivating tlie homestead place. As a young 
man he went to Jefferson county, Nebraska, where he pursued a course 
of study in a German school for some tim.c, and there embarked in. busi- 
ness as the jjroprietor of a general store. In 1885 Mr. Gorden was en- 
gaged in a partnership in the conducting and editing of The Casey 
Banner, a weekly edition, of Casey, Illinois, and sold out in 1SS6 and 
went to Jetmore, Kansas, where he was engaged in the drug business, 
but in 1887, moved the stock of goods to Rocky Ford, Colorado. In 
1894 he returned to ]Monroe tovrnsliip and resumed operations on the old 
home place, on which he has resided to the present time, his property 
being one of the best to be found in this section. The greater part of 
his attention has been devoted to general farming, but he has also met 
with success in stock raising ventures, and through honorable dealing 
has gained the reputation of being a man of the highest principles and 
strictest integrity. His connection vdth large enterprises has placed 
him upon a substantial footing in the commercial world, he having the 
distinction of being (as far as is knoAvn) the only man in Indiana v\dio 
has ever purchased an entire town. During the survey of the Cleve- 
land & St. Louis Railroad, there sprang into being the town of Osceola, 
which grew rapidly as prosperity was promised by the advent of the 
railroad, until five hundred people were living at that point. Substan- 
tial buildings and residences were erected, and a postoffice located, this 
later being known by several other names, one of which was ^Mercury. 
The town was not considered of enough importance by the railroad, 
however, land values decreased, and the population dimini.shed as rap- 
idly as it had grown. Mr. Gorden, realizing his opportunity for an 
advantageous transaction, succeeded in buying the entire town. He 
converted the land into valuable farming property, while the lumber 
of the structures here has been sold in small lots from time to time, and 
he is still the owner of a number of houses, which he is disposing of to 
neighboring farmers to be used as outbuildings. 

On March 1, 1891, Mr. Gorden was married to Miss Lena Pickering, 
daughter of Corbley and Anna (Dyer) Pickering, and to this union 



592 HISTORY OF ADVDISON COUNTY 

there have been born two sous: Irl AV. and Kenneth P. Politically 
Mr. Gorden is a Eepublican and has always supported the policies of the 
party. Fraternally he is a member of the Linton Lodge of the K. of 
P., No. 146, located at Steele City, Nebraska. 

Paul Armstrong, ]M. D. Among the members of the medical pro- 
fession in i\Iadison county who have won merited distinction in their 
calling, Dr. Paul Armstrong, of Oilman, holds a prominent position. 
During his career he has been engaged in varied occupations in differ- 
ent parts of this and other countries, being known in Chicago, in Cali- 
fornia and in the gold fields of Alaska, and since his advent in Gilmau 
has identified himself actively with the various interests of this pros- 
perous and g^*owing community. Dr. Armstrong was born in 1876, 
in Butler county, Ohio, and is a son of Dr. Alioiizo and Sarah (Ander- 
son) Armstrong. 

Dr. Alonzo Armstrong was boin in Indiana, and for forty years 
was engaged in the practice of medicine, until failing health caused 
his removal to California. Subsequently he came to Kewanna, Fulton 
county, Indiana, and here the remainder of his active career was passed. 
He and his wife were the parents of two cliildren : Mv.x, a graduate 
of the graded and high schools, Avho also took a course in the University 
of Chicago, and is now a practicing chemist of Gary, Indiana ; and 
Paul. Dr. Armstrong first attended the public schools of his native 
state, following which he v/as engaged as an office boy with a large New 
York concern for three years, and at the end of that period accompanied 
his parents to California, where he compleTed his common school edu- 
cation. Returning to the middle West, he located in Chicago, v.here 
for three years he was engaged in the bicycle business, and then again 
went TO California. During the geld rush that accompanied the dis- 
covery of that metal in Alaska, he became one of the courageous ad- 
venturers who fought tiieir way over obstacles in search of fortune, aud 
after one year returned to this country, having succeeded in accumulat- 
ing the means with which to pursue his medical studies. He had no 
doubt inherited his inclination for this profession from liis father, and 
from boyhood it had been his ambition to become a piiysieian, but cir- 
cumstances had been such that he was unable to realize his desire. 
After one year spent in the Louisville (_ Kentucky) ^Medical College, 
he became a student at Barnes Medical College. St. Louis. ^Missouri, and 
was graduated with his degree from that institution with the class of 
1904. Following this, for a short period he was engaged in practi'-e 
with his father at Kewanna, Indiana, and then came to Oilman, which 
place has since been the scene of his professional labors. He has been 
successful in building up a large and lucrative practice, his inherent 
skill, close application and sympathetic nature having dra^vn to him a 
representative professional busine-;s from all over this section. A care- 
ful student, he has kept abreast of the advancements of his honored 
calling b}^ subscription to the leading medical journals of the day, by 
membership iri the various organizations of his vocation, and by exteri- 
sive personal research. 

In 1903 occurred the marriage of Dr. Paul Armstrong and iliss 
■ Nettie Comer, the latter a native of Jasper county. Indiana. One child 
has been born to this union: John R., a bright and interesting lad nov.' 
in his school period. Doctor and ^Irs. Armstrong are consistent mem- 
bers of the Methodist Episcopal church. Politically he is a progressive, 



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HISTORY OF IVL4DIS0N COUNTY 593 

but his connection with matters of a public nature has been confined 
to supporting those men and measures that he has believed have stood 
for the best interests of his community. 

Willia:\i Fountain. In a history of the prominent and influential 
citizens of Madison county, William Fountain is eminently deserving- of 
extended mention, for his well spent life, his agricultural ability, his 
loyalty to public duty and his fidelity in private life have all gained him 
a place among the leading residents of the community. Although he has 
passed the seventy-fifth milestone in life's journey, an age when most 
men would consider it their privilege to retire from activities, he still 
continues to discharge the daily routine of duties and to show a com- 
mendable interest in all that affects liis towiisliip or its people. Mr. 
F'ountain was born March 3, 1838, near old jMoss Island, just vv'est of 
Anderson, Indiana, and is a son of George E. and Mary (Dodcls) Foun- 
tain. His parents, natives of Queen Anne county, ^laryland, came to 
Madison county and entered land in 1835, and here spent the remainder 
of their lives in making a home. They were the parents of eight chil- 
dren : Hester, Elizabeth and Edvrard, who are deceased; AVilliam; James; 
Washington and ^latthew, vvho are deceased; and John, who was a Union 
Soldier in an Indiana volunteer infantry regiment and lost his life at 
Vicksburg during the Civil war. 

William Fountain acquired his educational training in the schools of 
Anderson, dividing his boyhood between the school room and the home 
farm. He continued to assist his father until he attained his majority, 
at which time he embarked upon a career of his own, and in 1875 bought 
140 acres of land in Andersoji tov/nship, to \v'hich he has since added, 
now being the owner of 16-1 acres. He has made this one of the most 
valuable farms in the township, has erected substantial buildings, and is 
justly considered one of the representative men of his community. 

On October 3, 1862, ]Mr. Fountain was married to ]\liss Su.san Thomp- 
son, daughter of Lorenzo Thompson, and she died December 19, 1886, 
and was laid to rest at the Mooresville Cemetery. Five children were 
born to this union, as follows: Alonzo, educated in the old Pence school- 
house, and formerly engaged in farming, but for the past twenty years 
engaged in bridge contracting, lives in Petersburg, III. ; Florence, who 
married Ira Ball, a Nebraska farmer, and has three children — Ora, 
Lottie and Fairy; Sylvia, deceased, who was the wife of ]\[ellin Harri- 
son, and had one child; Lutha, who married Fred Noble and has one 
child, Nancy V. ; Omie, who became the wife of Dolph Fuller, and has 
three children — Laura, Helena and Gordon ; Walter, who was educated 
in Anderson township, and here married ^March 20, 1901, Nancy Odessie 
Noble, daughter of Andrew J. and Adeline (Nelise) Noble, and has 
three children — Leslie, Ethel and Effie. 

With his family, Mr. Fountain attends the Christian church, in the 
work of which he has ever taken a prominent part. A life-long Demo- 
crat, he has served as supervisor of his township, and continues to mani- 
fest an interest in the success of his party. His life has been a long and 
useful one, and no citizen of his township stands higher in public esteem 
and confidence. 

RuFUS Albert Hoovek, ]M. D. A rising young physician of Madi- 
son county, Rufus Albert Hoovlu-, M. D., is busily engaged in the prac- 
tice of his profession in Orestes, where he is also 'serving most accept- 



594 HISTORY OP" MADISON COUNTY 

ably as principal of the public school. He was born in North Carolina, 
but was brought up in Indiana, coming with his parents, to this state 
when he was a small child. 

The Doctor's father, Thomas Hoover, was born, reared and mar- 
ried in .North Carolina. Coming with his fauiily to Indiana, he set- 
tled in Hamilton county, where he spent his closing years of life, pass 
ing away in June, 190-1. His wife, whose maiden name was Catherine 
Briles, died several years before he did, her death occurring in 1871. 
They were the parents of six ehildrt- n, namely : 2Irs. Nancy Bolander ^ 
Mrs. Eaehael Hoover; Andrew S. ; ^Irs. ^Margaret Halderman, who died 
December 15, 1901; Joseph L. ; and Rufus A., with whom this britT 
sketch is chiefly concerned. 

After his graduation from the high school in Sheridan, Hamilton 
county, Rufus A. Hoover ta,ught school for awhile, and later continued 
his studies at the Indiana University, in Bloomington. Having then 
decided to enter the medical profession, he went to Chicago, where he 
took up the study of medicirje and surgery at the Loyola University, 
also known as Bennett's ^Medical College, and was there graduated v/ith 
the class of 1911. Dr. Hoover subsequently spent a year in a Chicago 
hospital, where he gained practical knowledge and experience in his 
profession. In 1912 he located in Orestes, where he has since been 
actively engaged in his chosen work, and has likewise had charge of 
the Orestes School. He has been successful from the start, and deserves 
great credit for the position he has won as a teacher, a physician, a 
man, and a citizen. 

Dr. Hoover married July 14, 1911, Josephine Ramb't, a native ol; 
Lapel, Indiana, and they have one child, I" ranees. Politically the Doc- 
tor is a Democrat ; fraternally he belongs to the Independent Order 
of Odd Fellows, at Sheridan, Indiana; and religiously he is a member 
of the ^Fethodist Episcopal church. 

Robert W. Thukstox. One of Madison county's youngest .stock- 
men, Robert W. Thurston has gro\vn up in this county, and from his 
boyhood days was familiar with the town and the stock industry. He 
^believes in farming as one of the greatest industries to which man can 
apply his energies, and his success is almost a ma.tter of course, since 
"^he was trained to the business in the same way that other young raen 
are trained to enter professions or commercial lines. ]\Ir. Thurston h;:s 
the management of his father's large farm of three hundred and sixty 
seven acres in ]\Ionroe towiiship. 

Robert Thurston was born July 27, 1892, near Summitville, in Van 
Buren to\niship, a son of Joseph Elmer and Anna (Whitely) Thurston. 
Mr. J. E. Thurston, the father, is one of the best known citizens of 
Madison county, has lived here practically all his life, and has been a 
farmer, a road contractor and stock buyer. He and his wife are the 
parents of three children, namely: Robert, ^Marie and Walter. 

Robert Thurston was born and reared in Madison county, attended 
the Summitville schools, and took a preparatory course in Alexandria, 
and tlien finished in the Fairmount Academy. On July 30, 1912,^ he 
married Miss Eva Davis. They have one child, Lois. ]\Ir. Thurston is a 
member of the Christian church and his wife belongs to the Quaker 
denomination. Her parents were Joseph and Ellen (Dougherty) Davis. 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 595 

William H. Gossett. One of the best known dealers in live stock 
in Madison county is William II. Gossett, who has his hoine in Boone 
township, where he is the owner of a fine farm of one hundred and forty 
acres. He has spent practically all his career in ^ladisou county, has 
been known as a hard worker and good business man, and while accu- 
mulating a goodly share of material prosperity has likewise enjoyed and 
increased the esteem of the community for his excellent qualities of 
character and personalities. 

William H. Gossett was born in 1853 in Highland count}', Ohio, a 
son of William E. and Hannah Gossett. His father was also born in 
Highland county, was educated in the commorx schools, v.'as a mechanic 
and carpenter, and in 185-1 established his home in Madison county, 
Indiana. In this county, he worked at his trade of carpenter for a 
number of years, and lived both in Anderson and Alexandria. In later 
years he moved out to ^lissouri. and died at Odessa, in that state. His 
\\-ife was born in West A'irginia. and her death occurred in Odessa, 
Missouri. Their ten children are mentioned as follows : William H. ; 
Eliza; David; Liddie ; Emma; Alice; Charles; Clarion; Oscar; Dora. 

AVilliam PI. Gossett was about one year of age when the family came 
to Madison county, and he was therefore reared and trained for his 
life work in this county. As a boy he attended the Smith Chapel School 
in Boone township, and finished his education in Alexandria, in the 
meantime having gone to school for one term in the Anderson city 
schools. When a boy he took up under his father's direction work as 
painter and carpenter, and up to the time he was eighteen years old 
was working as a contracting painter. He soon afterwards gave up his 
trade and began raising stock of all kinds, a vocation wliich he has 
made the basis of his active career. He has ex'jeptioual ability in this 
Kne, and is regarded as one of the best judges of live stock in 2\Iadison 
county. He conducts his fine farm in Boone township for the purpose 
of raising feed and providing quarters for his stock. 

In 1877 Mr. Gossett married Emma Jones, a daughter of Elliott 
J\I. Jones. Their three children are: Walter, who married Gay Pox; 
Harry, who married Delia Purdue, and their three children are Arthur, 
Donald and Fred; Blanch, who married Herman ^larkle, and has one 
child — Lola. ]\Ir. Gossett is affiliated with the Improved Order of Red 
Men and the family worship in the -Methodist church. 

George W. Judd. Left an orphan at the age of fourteen years, the 
boyhood and youth of George W^. Judd, now a substantial farmer of 
Monroe township and the owner of 160 acres of land on the Ehvood 
and Alexandria road, about three miles west of Alexandria, were any- 
thing but periods of inactivity. From the beginning of his career he 
has known the necessity of hard, industrious toil, and although he is 
now in comfortable circumstances because of this persevering toil, he 
continues to be one of the active and energetic men of his locality, 
alert not only in his personal affairs but in those of his community as 
well. George W. Judd was born on a farm in Adams township. >\Iadi- 
son county, Indiana, ^larch LS, 1852, and is a son of James and Mar- 
garet (Young) Judd. His father was a native of North Carolin.a and 
came to Madison county as a young man, locating first in Adams tov/u- 
ship, where he o^\Tied a propei-ty. Here he continued to till the soil 
during the remainder of his career, and passed away when still in the 
prime of life. He married ]Margaret Young and they became the par- 



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ents of two children : Enuna, wlio became the wife of Williuiu G. 
Fesler, of Monroe township and she is now deceased; and George W. 
The Young family originated in Scotland, and was founded in Madison 
county by the father of Mrs. Judd, who located first in Ohio, later re- 
moved to Fayette county, Indiana, and came from there to Madison 
county, locating on a Monroe township property, where he died. ^Ir. 
Young married Jane ]\IeLueas, and they became the parents of ten 
children, as follows: Malinda, Nancy, Mary, one who is deceased, Rob- 
ert, John, George, William, Leroy and Margaret. . 

George AV. Judd was three years of age when brought to ]Monroe 
township, and here received his education in the Orestes and Davis 
schools. He vras fourteen years of age when his motlier died, and at 
that time he went to live at the home of an uncle, on whose farm he 
worked until becoming of age. He then engaged in farming with an 
uncle renting a small property imtil he had saved the means to pur- 
chase a forty-acre tract of land in Boone township, but two years later 
disposed of his interests there and returned to ^louroe township, where 
he located On his present farm, formerh' a part of the Nathan Lowry 
property. Here from time to time he has made valuable and substan- 
tial improvements to his land, machinery and buildings, and his resi- 
dence is a fine and modern one, having been erected but a few years 
ago. The excellent condition of his land testifies eloquently to his abil- 
ity as an agriculturist, and he has met success also in his stock raisljig 
ventures, his cattle commanding good prices. As a business man he 
is known to be possessed of the strictest integrity, and his conneciio]) 
with various large transactions has given him a fii'uily-established reputa- 
tion in the confidence of his fellow-citi/.ens. 

On February 8, 1880, ^Ir. Judd vras married (first) to I\iiss Ella 
Black, who died February 10, 1SS2, and was buried in the Lily Creek 
cemetery. On July 9, 1892, occurred Mr. Judd's second nian-iage, 
when he was united with ]Miss Etta 31. ^Moyer. To this union tiiere have 
been born two children: Everett and Mary, both graduares of the 
Orestes High school and now living at liome. }.Ir. and Mrs. Judd are 
faithful members of the Disciples of Christ, and have been liberal in 
their support of movements inaugurated by the Christian church. 3Ir. 
Judd holds membership in the ]Madison Count}' Horse Thief Assoe^atioi:. 

Homer E. Howard. A substantial and prosperous citizen of ]Madi- 
son county, Homer E. Howard, now engaged in farming in Van Burcu 
township, was for many years identified with the mercantile interests 
of this part of the county, having been one of the leading druggists of 
Summitville. He was born September 16, 1872, in Ross count}', Ohio, 
which was likewise the birthplace of his father, Robert C. Howard. 

At the age of twenty-five years Robert C. Howard migrated fro^n 
his Ohio home to Indiana, locating first in Delaware county, where for 
five years he was engaged in business as a general merchant. Coming 
to Madison county in 1879, he changed his occupation, and for several 
years was a large and successful stock buyer and lumber dealer. He 
now ov/ns one half of the farm on vrliich his son, Homer, is living, but 
has nothing to do with its management. He married while a resident. 
of Ohio PJrnestine Thomas and into the houseliold thus established tv,'0 
children were born, namely : Homer E., the suljject of this sk^rch ; and 
Edward R., Avho married Nora DufT, and has two children, Dufi and 
Vaughn. ]\lr. Howard's mother, Mrs. Ernestine (Thoraas) PToward, 



HISTORY OF I\[ADISON COUNTY 597 

died July 2, 1876, and the father wedded Miss Dora E. Padeii and to 
tliat marriage were born five children of whom three are living at pres- 
ent: Emmett L., a resident of Brownsvillu, Texas; Ralph P., residing 
in the same city; and Charles W., a resident of Los Angeles, California. 
.Airs. Howard, the mother of these children, died January 10, 1914, and we 
hei'ewith quote from a local publication concerning her life and noble 
deeds : 

"A brief bit of history concerning the life of Sister Howard, quite 
inadequate, to be sure. Time and space will not permit but a few brief 
words but eternity will reveal it all, and in a more perfect way. 

"The one thing we know — she has been a great sufferer, but bore it 
all patiently, and gave evidence, time after time, that her trust and confi- 
dence was in God. 

"Dora E. Howard, daughter of Elijah and Catherine Paden, was 
born near Hillsborough, Illinois, Montgomery county, on the 8th day 
of February, 1851, and went home on the lOth day of January at 4:30 
in the afternoon, 1914. She was married to Robert C. Ilov/ard at the 
age of 27, and came to Indiana, and has made this home since that time. 
To Brother and Sister Howard God gave five children, two Vv'ent home 
before their mother. Three sons and two step-sons are left to think of 
and grieve for mothor. She leaves one brother, v/ho lives at Hillsborough, 
Illinois, and a sister, Mrs. Alfred Su'indell, who lives at Eureka Springs, 
Arkansas, but is now here with her husband. 

"Sister Howard was converted when a child and united with the 
Presbyterian church. After coming to Indiana she united with the ]^.Ieth- 
odist Episcopal church, and was a cliarter member of the Walnut Street 
M. E. church, of Summitville. She was a faithful member and worker 
in the church fo]' many years, and until her health was so impaired that 
she could not. Her heart was in the work — she loved the church. To sum 
it all up: She has lived a life, her battles are fought, her victories are 
won, a character finished, a judgmeiit awarded, a conflict ended. She is 
gone. She has left a tender, kind-hearted, loving, sympathetic hus])and, 
one who did all a husband could do for a sick wife, and whose tender 
hands were administering to her when she slipped away. Her memoi-y 
will stay close, and her spirit will administer until we join her in the 
paradise of God." 

Acquiring his elementary education in the Zion School, of Delaware 
county, Indiana, Homer E. Howard completed his studies at Summit- 
ville, Indiana. In 1895, in partnership with his brother, Edward R., 
Mr. Howard established himself in the drug business in Summitville, 
and continued it successfully for a period of sixteen years. While 
there he took an active interest in everything pertaining to the public 
welfare, and had the distinction of putting in the Summitville Electric 
Light and Water Works, and of installing the first telephone line in 
that place. About five years ago >\Ir. Howard assumed possession of 
the 185-acre farm owned by his father and himself, and has since car- 
ried on general farming in a most satisfactory manner. 

On April 26, 1905, 'Sir. Howard was united in marriage with ]\Iary 
Paulin, daughter of Jesse J. and Frederica (lirunni) Paulin. Their 
union has been blessed by the birth of three children, namely: Paul 
E., Frederick B. and Robert, deceased. Politically ^Mr. Howard 
is a Democrat; fraternally he belonged to the Knights of Pythias, Gas 
Belt No. 361. His wife is a member of the ^Methodist Episcopal Church. 



598 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

John C. Yule. A resident of Alexandria since 1899, when lie 
came to this city to enter the employ of the Alexandria Paper Com- 
pany, John C. Yule has been closely identified with the business inter- 
ests of this flourishing commercial center during the past fifteen years 
and has fairly won the right to be named among those who have aided 
in this locality's advancement. As sales manager for these mills, j\[r. 
Yule has greatly extended the scope of the company's business and as 
a citizen his adopted community has found in him one who has had 
its best interests at heart. He was bojni at Holland Landing, Province 
of Ontario, Canada, on ]May 4. 1872, and is a son of Andrew and Mary 
(Watson) Yule. Plis father, who still resides in Canada, is an employe 
of the English government and a well-known official of his community. 
Five children were borne to Andrew and ^lary (AVatson) Yule, namely: 
Watson, John C, Edwin Watson, E. P. and Walter S. 

The early education of Mr. Yule was secured in the public and 
high schools of Aurora, and subsequently this v^as supplemented by a 
course in a commercial college in the city of Toronto. Following his 
graduation therefrom, he adopted the professiou of educator, and for 
several years Avas engaged in teaching school in Canada, but in Jan- 
uary, 1693, migrated to the L'nited States, and for three years was 
engaged iji railroading in Wisconsin. He nest iden Lined himself vritli 
the National Pank of Neenah, Wisconsin, but after four years went to 
Dallas, Texas, and was there connected with a publishing house until 
1899, when he came to Alexandria, Indiana," to enter the employ of 
the -Alexandria Paper Company, of which his brother, Edwin Watsor. 
Yule, is secretary and treasurer. He at once, joined the selling force 
of this venture and his success in popularizing the company's products 
gained him steady .nilvancemeut until now he is capabl}" filling the 
responsible position of sales managt^r, being at the head of an able, 
well-trained corps of salesmen, v/ho under his direction ha\e made 
this one of the lead'ng concerns of its kind in the State. He is pos- 
sessed of marked executive ability and to this has been added a pro- 
gressive spirit and modern methods of attracting business that have 
caused him to be recognized as one of the leading men of his oallii'g 
in the [Middle West. 

J\lr. Yule was married (fii'st) December 15, 1897, to IMIl-s Dora 
Rynei-son, who died February 2, 1899, leaving one child, Byron. His 
second marriage occurred ^fay 14, 1903, when he vvas united with ]\Iiss 
Grace J. Crouse, of Alexandria, daughter of Jacob S. Crouse. Thr<." 
children have been born to this union: George E., Mary E. a:id 
John C, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Yule are consistent members of the Chris- 
tian church, and have been liberal in their support of religious and char- 
itable movements. He enjoys the privileges of membership in th'- 
local lodge of the ^Masonic fraternity. 

Edwin Watson Yule. One of the important factors in the busi- 
ness life of Alexandria, and an enterprise which has added materially 
to the prestige of this city as a manufacturing center, is that of tlr- 
Alexandria Paper Company, which was founded here in July, 1900. 
Much of the success of this enterprise may be accredited to the efforts 
of its capable and popular secretary and treasurer. Edwin Watson 
Yule, whose location here occurred simultaneously vrith that of tlie 
business and who has become widely known in manufacturing circles- 
jNIr. Yule is a Canadian, having been born in the Province of Ontario. 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 599 

in 1874, and is a son of Andrew and ]Mary (AVatson) Yuie, the former 
still a resident of the Dominion and an emplo}'e of the British govern- 
ment. There were five cliildreu in the fandly : AVatson, John C, Edwin 
Watson, E. B. and Walter S. 

Edwin Watson Yule received his preliminary educational training in 
the public schools of Ontario, following which he took a course in a 
commercial college in the city of Toronto. Being well trained in stenog- 
raphy, he secured a position with a manufacturing concern at Aurora, 
Ontario, in the employ of which he remained four years, and succeeding 
this he spent one year with a like business at ilount Forrest, Ontario. 
Mr. Yule came to the United States to enter the services of a paper 
manufacturing concern of Menaslui, Wisconsin, in connection with which, 
two years later, he came to Alexandria, and assisted in the establishment 
of the Alexandria Paper Company. He has continued to be identified 
with this business to the present time and through marked ability has 
risen to his present position, that of secretary and treasurer of this im- 
portant enterprise. In the management of the affairs of this business, 
Mr. Yule has displayed the possession of those ciualities which make for 
success in any of the Vv'alks of life — shrewdness, versatility, perseverance 
and close application, and among his associates he is recognized as one 
to whom they may look for advice and leadership. He is essentially a 
business man and has never cared for the activities of the public arena, 
but has found diversion in fraternal circles as a valued member of the 
local lodge of Elks. 

On July 17, 1902, ]\lr. Yule was married to Miss Georgina Lemon, 
who was also born in Canada, a daughter of George and Sophia (Meek) 
Lemon. They have no children. JNIr. Yule is a member of the Chris- 
tian church and ^^-Irs. Yule of the Episcopal church, and they have numer- 
ous friends in their congregaiions. The family home is located at 
Alexandria. 

Joseph Draper. In the eighty-fifth year of his life, Joseph Draper, 
whose home is in what is known as Scotts addition, and who is the owiier 
of a section of land in jMonroe township, is one of the venerable old 
men of ]\Iadison county, has been a farmer, has grown many thousands 
of bushels of corn and wheat and other grain crops during his career, 
and his record is one of wliich his family and fellow citizens may well 
be proud. Joseph Draper was born December 17, 182S, in South Hamp- 
ton, Virginia, the old Dominion state, a son of Thomas and Mary 
(Turner) Draper. Thomas Draper was also born in that section of 
Virginia, but his father, Ephraim Draper, came from England in colo- 
nial days, and located in Virginia. Thomas Draper, after all his chil- 
dren had been born in Virginia, moved out to Ohio, settling near Can- 
ton, and later moved to Rush county, Indiana, which was his home until 
his death. His ten children are mentioned as follows: Loren E., 
Ephraim W., John E., Thomas J., deceased; Joseph; ^Martha, Edna, Mary 
and ]\Iarcella, deceased ; and jMargaret, who lives in Hancock county, 
Indiana. 

Joseph Draper when a boy came to Indiana, and had his education 

in the common schools during the days before the modern free school 

system was adopted in Indiana. He worked on the farm and remained 

with his father up to the age of thirty-one. He then farmed his father's 

place for a while, was a renter and w^orked at wages, beginning at the 
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600 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

lowest I'liug of the ladder of life, and finally g'Ot the start which enabled 
him in later years to acquire a generous prosperity. 

In 1855 he married Nancy Ewing, now deceased and huried in 
Knightstown, Indiana. He came from Kentuclvy and lived in Rush 
county up to the time of his marriage. In 1858 Mr. Draper niarri^'d 
Elizabeth Stephens, who was born in Rush county and is buried in thr 
Baptist cemetery of that vicinit}-. She was tlie mother of one child, 
Isaac S. Draper, who died at the age of fourteen. On June 15, 18G2, 
Joseph Draper married for his tliird wife Annie Siler, daughter of 
Jacob and Elizabeth (Reddick) Siler, and her parents were among the 
early settlers of Indiana. The four ch.ildren of Joseph Draper and his 
third wife, are as follows: Mary E., who married Grant Stephenson, 
and has four children whose names are Effie, the wife of Roy Ladd : 
Lela, wife of Walter Jackson; Edith; and ^Mattie. Mrs. Effie Ladd has 
a child, Aniia Ivathlene, who is a great-grandchild of Joseph Draper. 
]Martha, the second of the children, married William Blake, and is the 
mother of six children, Estei, Earl, Ernest. Anna, Minnie and ''Little 
Joe.'' Peter T. married Elizabeth Thurston, and their two children 
are Arthur and Joe. John Wesley married ^^Liunie Fuller, and tliev 
have one child, Zoe. ^Jr. Draper and family worship in the Christian 
church. "Uncle Joe'' and his dear old v/ife live in a comfortable iv^i- 
dence in East Alexandria, enjoying the association of legions of frit-uds. 
They are a peaceful and happy couple and are honored I)y all who 
know thera. 

Andrew Berg. One of the prosperous farmers of Monroe tovv'us'iip. 
a man who has been the architect of his ovv'n fortunes, and from a Legiu- 
ning without capital luis become the possessor of a good honie, Mr. Berc 
has spent most of the years of his active life in ^Icidison county, and is 
one of the liiglily respected citizens 'of his home township. 

Andrew Berg was born November 1. 18G0, in Hamilton county. In- 
diana, a son of David and Elizabeth (Kauffman) Berg. The fatiier 
came from Lancaster county, Peniisylvania, locating in Wayne county, 
Indiana, where he spent his life as a farmer. The brothers and sis- 
ters of Mr. Berg are as follows: Christian; ^Vlary, deceased; John; 
Levi; Samuel; David; Benjamin, deceased; and Elizabeth, also deceased. 

Mr. Andrew Berg attended school in Hamilton county, and whil ■ 
going to school worked on the home farm, and was v.-ell equipped for 
his life v/ork by the time he had completed his education and attaln-'d 
his majority. At the age of twenty-one he began as a renter and co!i- 
tinued in that way until he bought the forty-acre farm on which !'-•' 
now lives in ]\Ionroe township of ^ladison I'ounty. He raises good crops. 
and is especially interested in hogs, and he has some of the best exa'-i- 
ples of the Duroc swine in ]Madisou county, ilr. Berg is also a carpentt-r 
by trade and has built several houses ancl barns in iladison county, a;:'^; 
has erected his own buildings. 

June 26, 1882, he nmrried ]Miss Maggie Stephenson, a daughter of 
William R. and Lucinda Stephenson. They are the parents of toi)r 
children, namely: Eva, deceased; Gj-aee, who married Bert Bertraia. 
and has one daughter, Geneva; Alvie, v/no married Jessie Ilamniomi; 
and Raymond, at home. All the children have been through S'-bo"'. 
and Mr. and ^Irs. Berg have taken pains to educate them and fit tb.--!' 
as well as possible for their individual careers. The familj' worsbip 



niSTOKY OF .AIADTSOX COUNTY 601 

in the ^lethodist eiuireh. The pretty hoiuestead of .Air. and I\Irs. Berg is 
known as "Cottage Lawn Farm." 

William F. AVilsox. One of the largest land owners in Monroe 
township, AVilliam F. AYilson, has accumulated his vast holdings by 
steady industry and hard, unremitting labor, and his career furnishes 
an excellent example of the self-made manhood which has proved such 
an important factor in the development of this prosperous section of 
the Hoosier State. His farm at present consists of 426 acres, lying on 
the ]\tuncie and Alexandria pike, about two and one-half miles east of 
Alexandria, and this he devotes mainly to the raising of stock, with the 
dairy business as a side line. ^Ir. Wilson was born on his father's farm 
in Monroe township, [Madison county, Indiana, July 5, 1868, and is a 
son of James L. and Margaret (Busby) Wilson. 

After attending the public schools of !}.lonroe township, i\Ir. Wilson 
took a course in an Iowa college, in v/hich his brother, a well-kiiow)i 
educator, was at that time one of the tutors.. As a lad he began his 
agricultural training, and during his eutii'e -School period spent his 
vacations and other spare time in v\'orking on the homestead, and wjien 
he had reached his majority became his father's partner in fanning 
ventures, continuing v.ith the elder man for fourteen years. In com- 
pany with him h.e purchased forty acres in the vicinity in vvdiich he now 
lives, and ilr. AYilson subsequently bought his father's interest in tiiis 
property, and following that was engaged in various land transactions, 
constantly adding to his property. As his tlnances permitted, he erected 
buildings of a substantial character and boue'ht new machiner}'. and his 
stock raising operations assiimed large proi'Ortions. Untiring industry 
and close application to every detail of his ^■ocation have bet^u the 
price paid by ]Mr. AYilson for his success, and in the meantime h^ has 
firmly established himself in the confidence of the community as a man 
of strict integrity and honorable dealing. 

On ]\Iarch 16, 1893. ]Mr. Wilson was united in marriage with Miss 
Vienna Carver, daughter of AYilliam Carver, whose family came to 
Madison county from Fayette county, Indiana. Six children have ],een 
born to ^Ir. and j\Irs. Wilson: An infant, deceased: Everett/ Orval, 
ilorris, Angeline and Ca.ssie. The children have all been given good 
educational advantages and have wide social connections in Alexandria. 
With his wife and family, ^Ir. Wilson attends the Christian church, 
and has been liberal in his support of its movements. Essentially a 
farmer, with wide and varied interests, he has never found time to 
enter actively into public affairs, although he endeavors to support good 
men and movements and to advance the cause of education and good 
citizenship. Republican candidates and principles have always received 
his vote. 

Homer B. Jones. On the Anderson road, just outside the village 
of Florida, in Lafayette township, there is situated a fine rural home- 
stead of Homer B. Jones. This is a place of two hundred acres, of fine 
land, and with such improvements as are familiarly associated with 
modern high-class agriculture. The owner is a progi-essive young 
farmer citizen of ^Madison county, and a representative of the second 
generation of a family which had been identified with this county for 
many years. 

Homer B. Jones was born on the farm which he now occupies on 



602 HISTORY OF JMiVDISON COUNTY 

November 6, 1882, a son of John L. and Sallie (Lowmaii) Jones. His 
father, John L. Jones, was a large laud owner and an extensive farmer 
of this county. His family of four children were as follows: Minnie 
Ragan; Bertha, deceased; Homer B. ; and Dale. The father moved 
from Ills farm to Anderson about seven years ago and died about three 
years ago. Since then the mother has returned to the country and now 
resides with her son Dale at Florida. Her son, Dale, who is also a 
student of Purdue University, has a little place of ten acres, adjoining 
Florida, and operates that as a small farm. 

Homier B. Jones attended the country schools and was engaged in 
the activities of the farm throughout his school period. He was mar- 
ried November 21, 1905, to Nell Thornberg, of Anderson, a daughter 
of Richard and Arabelle (Thomas) Thornberg. Their two children 
are Richard L., age about six years, and Ralph, age about three. Mr. 
Jones is a public spirited citizen so far as local affairs are concerned, 
but otherwise takes little interest in politics. He and his wife are both 
young people and find their societj- in the city of Anderson. Both are 
members of the ^Methodist chureh, and activelv interested in churcli 
work. 

Robert Oliver Perry Thurston. The wise and vigorous applica- 
tion of practical industry never fails of success. It is the medium 
through which an individual is cai-ried onward and upward, developing 
his personal chai-acter and acting as a powerful stimulus to the eiiorts 
of others. The exercise of the ordinary qualities of pcrseveran_ce and 
common sense may form the means through vdiich the greatest restilts 
in life are attained, the every-day life, with its necessities, cares and 
duties, affording ample opportunities for acquiring experience of the 
best kind, and its most beaten paths providing a true worker v/ith cbun- 
dant scope for effort and self-improvement. In the field of daily activity 
in his chosen vocation, Robert Oliver Perry Thurston has won success, 
an enviable reputation and a place am.ong the representative agricul- 
turists of Madison county, whe^i'e he is the owner of a vv-ell-eultivated lariii 
of eighty acres on the township road between ]!\Ionroe and Richland. 
Mr. Thurston is a native of IMadison county, having been born near the 
town of Sunnuitville, ]\Iarch 19, 1861, a son of John F. and Margaret 
(Morris) Thurston. His father, a successful farmer, was the owner 
of several valuable farms, and spent his entire life in the cultivation of 
the soil. He was county commissioner of the count}- for two terms. Ho 
and his wife were the parents of six children: IMary E., who became 
the wife of James Woolen; Enoch P.; Nannie B., who is now Mrs. 
Joseph Howard, deceased; Robert Oliver Perry; George F. and Ora W. 

Robert 0. P. Thurston received his education in Boone township, 
where he attended vdiat was known as the Dead Dog school during the 
winter terms, and, like other farmers' sons of his days and locality, 
spent the rest of the year in working on the homestead farm. His father 
gave him a thorough and comprehensive training in the various subjects 
desirable for the successful farmer to know, and by the time he had 
reached his majority he was prepared to enter upon a tareer of his 
own. Accordingly, he left the parental roof and rented a small prop- 
erty in Boone to^niship, and there, in addition to carrying on general 
farming he engaged in trading in stock of all kind.s. thus accamuhitirig 
the. means with which to btiy his present farm in IMonroe township. Here 
he has erected buildings of a modern and substantial character and has 
made numerous other improvements, his property being one of the 



HISTOE-Y OF IVL^DISON COUNTY 603 

most valuable of its size in this section. He is a firm believer in modern 
methods and machinery and keeps fully abreast of the inventions and 
discoveries of his calling, giving each innovation a thorough trial before 
its acceptance or dismissal. As one of his community's energetic and 
public-spirited citizens, he has joined others in their efforts to advance 
their locality's interests. Personally, Mr. Thurston is popular with 
his neighbors and acquaintances and has a wide circle of friends. 

On March 8, 188-1, Mr. Thurston was married to ]Miss j\Iary L. Stan- 
ley, daughter of Isaac E. and Elizabeth (Fear) Stanley, and seven 
children have been boi-n to this union, as follows: Chester H., of ^lonroe 
township, who married ^liss ]Mary Ferguson ; Edgar F., also of this 
township, who married i\[iss jMay Stevenson; Samuel S. ; Clifford H. ; 
Cletis and Earl, all residing at home with their parents; and Nellie, who 
became the wife of Sanmcl AVashburn. Mr. Thurston's parents were 
consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal chui-ch and ]\li's. Thurs- 
ton is a member of the Christian church. In his political views, Mr. 
Thurston supports Democratic candidates and policies. 

John H. Sigler. As a farmer and stock raiser, Mr. Sigler is one of 
the most promiuent in Boone township of ]\[adison county, and is a suc- 
cessful representative of a family which has been identified with sim- 
ilar interests in this county since the era of early settlement. In Pipe 
Creek township, and other sections of the county, the Siglers have 
been noted as skillful managers of the resources of the soil and have 
maintained high standards in the local society and citizenship'. John 
H. Sigler operates and is ov\aier of one hundred and sixty acres of land 
on the Shiloli road, about six and a half miles northeast of Elwood, and 
his daily mail facilities lie along that road from Elwood. his rural route 
being No. 28. 

John H. Sigler was born in 1869 in Pipe Creek township near Frank- 
ton, a son of Andrew Jackson and ]Mina (Pierce) Sigler. Andrew 
Jackson Sigler, who is still living, was born in Pipe Creek tov/nship, 
and is one of the oldest living native sons of that township. Tlie two 
children in his family are : John H. and a daughter, Josic, who mar- 
ried Mr. Waymire. ]\Ir. and Airs. Waymire have five children named 
Verniee, Howard, Vesta, Mina and Louis. 

John H. Sigler as a boy was reared in Pipe Creek township, attended 
the Salenr schools, and other local educational institutions. "WTiile a 
school boy he was also learning his practical lessons as a practical agri- 
culturist, and when his school days were over he applied himself to 
the work of the home farm until he was twenty-three years of age. He 
then began his independent career by renting his uncle's farm. Later 
he moved to Boone township, where he bought his present estate. Air. 
Sigler raises most of the crops which can be profitably grown in this 
county, and concentrates his attention on hogs and hoi-ses, being most 
successful as a stock raiser. On October 20, 1892, Mr. Sigler married 
Miss Nelia Kimmerling, a daughter of Abe and Mary (Legg) Kimmer- 
ling. Mr. and Airs. Sigler are the parents of six children, namely: 
Russell, Lester, Roliff, Kenneth, Vernon and Mildred. The tv/o oldest 
sons have both finished their higli school courses in Elwood, while the 
others are still attending the various grades of school. The family 
worship in the Christian church, and Mr. Sigler is a Democrat in poli- 
tics, as has been his family throughout their residence in Madison 
county. 



604 HISTORY OF IMADISON COUNTY 

WmLiAM Emmett Cart WRIGHT. Young men of character and abil- 
ity are bound to he recognized in their community and to such a class 
William E. Cartv^right belongs. ^Ir. Cartwright comes from sterling 
parentage and ancestry in the county of Madison, as well as of the 
nation, for he dates his ancestry back to grandfather of tlie famous 
Peter Cartwright, well known in the history of our country. Mr. Cart- 
wright is. the choice of the citizens of Summitville and vicinity as tlie 
coming postmaster of the thriving village, and his honesty of character 
has been a factor that entered largely into his appointment to this office 
under the Wilson administration. 

William E. Cartwright, more generally known as Emmett. has been 
- a resident of ^Madison county, Indiana, all his life, for he was born here 
September 17, 1884, and he is a son of T. E. and Lily M. (Kaufman) 
Cartwright. The Kaufman family emigrated from M?son county, West 
Virginia, to Madison county, Indictna, in 1853, and here maintained their 
residence to the end of their days. Mr. Cartwright 's father, T. E. Cart- 
wright, is one of the leading citizens and business men of Summit- 
ville. and is a gentleman of more than average intellect. He is one oi 
the best posted men in the county in the matter of Indian lore and in 
the history of pioneer da;'^s in Indiana. 

Mr. Cartwright \\'as reared in his native county and had his educa- 
tion in the graded and high schools, after which he pursued a course in 
the Indiana Business College. On the home farm he had an especially 
good training under the tutelage of his father, and he not only was 
taught the business of farming, but he had inculcated in him principles 
of integrity and honor that fitted him for the worthy career of his life. 

He v»-as in the employ of the Indiana Union Traction Co. for two 
years and was vvith the Muncie & Portland Traction Co. for one year, 
besides which he spent about one year as a commercial salesman in 
Indiana and Ohio. He h."s always been a great adraii-er of William J. 
Bryan, or since he was a boy of twelve, and he is an advocate of Demo- 
cratic policies. 

Fraternally he is an honored member of the B. P. 0. F.., licdge 
1^0. 478, at Alexandria. He has taken great pleasure in the profound 
study of modern psychology, and his library includes the works of the 
most erudite writer on the subject. Mr. Cartwright is among the social 
leaders in Summitville, and he enjoys the high regard of ail, 

Robert IvIcLain. The record of Robert JNIcLain, of Summitville, is 
one distinguished by progi'essive rise from small things to ever increas- 
ing responsibilities and success. A native son of ^Madison county, where 
he was reared, and where he has been known throughout his career, 'Sir. 
McLain has gone from one position to another, always forward, and 
formerly a teacher he graduated from that work into merchandising, 
has been a factor in local financial circles, and is well known in politics 
and in the law, being a member of the Madison county bar. 

Robert McLain was born on a farm in IMadison county March 26. 
1869. His parents were Harrison and Emeline (Thurston) IMcLain. 
His father, who was born in Bro^vTi county, Ohio, in 1837, cam.e to Madi- 
son county in 1865 at the close of the Civil war, and bought the old 
Peter Eaton farm, which for upwards of half a century has been kno',vn 
as the McLain homestead. Of the six children in the family, three are 
deceased — ^ATilliam, Charles and Ellen, and the three still living are: 
Mrs. Clara Swaim ; Walter, a resident of ^Missouri ; and Robert. 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 605 

III the country schools of ^NEadison county, Robert :McLain received 
his first preparation for practical Ufe, and finally qualified hnnsclf 
for school teaching, a profession which he followed four years This 
.ave him a start in the world, and in 1893, with a limited capital of one 
hundred and fifty dollars, he bought a stock of hardware and eventually 
built up an excellent business in SummitviUe. Mi-^ McLain takes special 
pride in having- assisted at the merging of the Smnmitvi le bank, the 
Farmers and T^Ierchants bank and the SummitviUe Realty Company nito 
one institution. The new establishment is styled the, Summityii e Lank 
and Trust Company, and Mr. McLain was placed m charge of the rust 
department. A few years ago he was made_ a member of the Madismi 
Countv Bar Association, and this qualification particularly fitted him 
for this line of work in the Bank and Trust company. ^ 

On April 15, 1S96, Mr. McLain married ^liss ]\Iary Hannon, a daugu- 
ter of James Ilannon. They are the parents of two children. Harry and 
\Vin)er Mr. McLain has not only been successful in business but has 
taken an active part in public affairs. For four ^-ears he neld the oifice 
of townslnp trustee of Van Buren township, was chairman oftne Demo- 
cratic Countv Central Committer in 1908, and in the campaign of that 
year had-the' honor of leading his party to a decisive victory after years 
of defeat He is affiliated with the Kniglits of Pythias, the luiproveu 
Order of Red ^len and the ^lodern AVoodmen of America. Mr McLaia 
has ever stood an advocate of improvement and advancement, always 
aliening himself with those working for a better moral comnumity, and 
he has had nuich influence in educational work and m the establishment 
of a better citizenship. 

W-vLTER W. Vestal. On a finely improved estate of two hundred 
acres in Adams township, Walter AV.Vestal is most succes.sai ly engagea 
in diversified agriculture and the raising ot high P^^^^^,^'^^'^^^,, ?t n^^ 
born on a farm adjoining his present esta^te, has lived ^^^^^ <^^^^,^^i^^^, 1\^^ 
entire period of his life, and he commands the confidence and esttem 
of all who have known him from earliest youth. Mr. \estal is in tact 
a man of self-achievements. He began his career without capital, "^'^;".^'^- 
when he was still a young man and has not only established and mam- 
rained a good home, but has gained his share of prosperity which makes 
him an enviable figure in the local citizenship. i s i crq 

Walter W Vestal was born in Adams township February lb, ibbo, 
a son of L. C. and Sophia (Poke) Vestal. Both parents were ^^^^^^^ 
North Carolina, where they were reared, educated %^^^ ^l^^'^f^J^^^^ 
came to Indiana in 1866, locating in Adams township of J^f j.^'^;/^^^"^ ^ 
During the Civil war the father spent four_ years m the Confeaeiate 
army It was not from belief in the principles for which the South 
fought that he entered the army, since he was personally opposed to 
Secession, and his service was the result of a draft. He had one brother 
who fought on the Union side, so that the matter was equalized to a 
large degree Mr. L. C. Vestal is now retired from farming, and makes 
hisiome^in Anderson. In politics he is a Republican and -n^PO^^t^d tha^ 
party from its early organization up to the campaign of 1912 at ^ hich 
time he voted with the Progressives. The six children in aie family 
arTnamed as follows: Walter W. ; Edgar N. and I. L, both residents 
of Anderson township ; Forest, on the old home lann m Adan.. toNNTi- 
ship; Esther, who is unmarried and makes her home m Anderson, and 



606 HISTORY OF JMADISON COUNTY 

Myrtle, wife of John Clark. All the children own farms of their own 
and all have prospered during their individual careers. 

Walter AV. Vestal was reared on the home farm and in the meantime 
attended the district school in that neighborhood. When he was twenty- 
three he began life for himself, and his valued possessions at that tiine 
were a horse and buggy. On February 24, 1891, he married ^liss Maggie 
Stanley, who was born in Anderson township of this county, and a 
daughter of Meridith Stanley. She attained her education in the dis- 
trict schools. After their marriage Mr. and Sirs. Vestal spent five years 
as renters and with the thrifty accumulations from their hard labor 
as tenant farmers, they got their first substantial start. Buying land 
and paying for it afterwards and then adding bit b}' bit in quantity 
and constantly improving the estate, they now have one of the finest 
homesteads in Adams township, two hundred acres, and with numerous 
handsome improvements. In 1908 they built a modern residence, wliicii 
is heated with a hot water plant and there is also an individual light 
plant which furnishes lighting for both the house and the outbuildings. 
The most profitable part of Mr. Vestal's farming enterprise has been 
in the raising of hogs and cattle, and his successful management in this 
branch of husbandry iias been responsible for his steady increase in 
prosperity. 

Mr. and Mrs. Vestal have one daughter, Elsie, who is a graduate 
oi the Anderson high school, and is now the wife of Forest Ryan. ]klr. 
Ryan is also a graduate of the Anderson high school, and he and his 
wife now live on the estate of ^Ir. Vestal. They have one child, Mary 
Ryan, age one year. The family worship in the Christian church at 
Ovid, in Adams township. In politics Mr. Vestal is a Progressive, but 
during all the years previous to 1912 was a Republican. 

James M. Donnelly. Prominent among those v,ho have wielded 
much intluence in connection with tbe iuiproving and advancing of the 
live stock industry in Madison county stands ]\Ir. Donnelly, who is one 
of the largest importers and breeders of high grade stock in this part 
-^of the state and who is known as a progressive, liberal and public spir- 
ited citizen, as well as one who is entitled to the unqualified popular 
esteem in which he is held in the community. 

Mr. Donnelly takes just pride in tracing his lineage back to stauncli 
old Irish origin and also in claiming tliC fine old Bluegrass state as the 
place of his nativity. He was born at ilaysville, Kentucky, the judicial 
center of jfason county, on the 15th of September, 1860, a son of John 
and Julia (Karney) Donnelly, both of whom were born and reared in 
Ireland, where their marriage was solemnized. Upon his immigration 
to America John Donnelly settled near }.Iaysville, Kentucky, in whi(.'h 
state he contintied to reside until 1864, when he came to ]\radison county, 
Indiana, and ntimbered himself among its energetic and loyal pioneers. 
He purchased a tract of land in Fall Creek township, whence he later 
removed to Richland township, where he became the owner of a fine 
farm, and where he was a citizen known and honored for his sterling 
attributes of character. Tie continued to reside on his old homestead, 
comprising seventy-five acres, until his death, and his cherished and 
devoted vv'ife survived him several years. Of their two children, the 
younger, John, died at the age of thirty-five years. 

On the home farm James M. Donnelly early learned the lessons of 
practical indttstry, and after duly availing himseif of the advantages 



HISTORY OF IMADISON COUNTY 607 

of the local schools he supplemented this discipline by a course of study 
ill tlie State Normal School at Terre Haute. He applied himsflf earnestly 
and with marked ambition, the result being that he admirably qualified 
liimself for the responsibilities and duties of tlie pedagogic profession. 
After devoting eight years to successful teaching in the public schools 
Mr. Donnelly went to the city of Muncie, this state, where he read law 
under efit'ective preceptorship and where he was finally admitted to the 
bar. But such was the condition of his health that after engaging 
for a short period in the practice of his chosen profession he found it 
expedient to seek occupation that would enable him to lead a less seden- 
tary life. He accordingly turned his attention to farming and stock 
growing, his independent operations in this line having l)een instituted 
on a farm of forty acres in ]Monroe township, ^Madison county. With 
characteristic circumspection, and energy he brought to bear his i)Owers 
in a most effective way, with the result that his success became cumu- 
lative and placed him among the representative agriculturists and stock 
growers of this favored section of the Hoosier state. Concrete evidence 
of the prosperity that has attended his well ordered endeavors is afforded 
in the fact that he is now the owner of a finely improved landed estate 
of about five hundred and fifty acres, situated principally in Union 
township. He has niade excellent imp»;ovements on his homestead, and 
has stood as a man of most liberal and progressive policies in connec- 
tion with his private business affairs and also those of public or general 
order. For a number of years past ]Mr. Donnelly has given his attention 
principally to the breeding and raising of the best grades of live stock, 
and has been an extensive importer as well as one of the leading ex- 
ponents of this important line of industry in ])Jadiso!i county. He is 
one of the largest dealers and importers in central Indiana of Belgian 
and Percheron stallions and mares. Pie has seventy-five head of horses, 
has two barns, three hundred by forty-two feet, and cariies one of the best 
stocks in the country. He is an authority in regard to live stock, and 
has shown the deepest interest in the furtherance of the industry. Ilis 
homestead farm is situated five miles from Anderson and one mile 
north of the village of Cheste-rfield, and is one of the valuable properties 
of the county. ]Mr. Donnelly platted the ^Madison county fair grounds, 
and for several years was engaged in the real estate business in Ander- 
son. He is a member of the directorate of the Anderson Trust Company 
at Anderson, where he is likewise a director of the Anderson Building 
& Loan Association, another of the important corporations of ^dadison 
county. He is a stanch Democrat in his political proclivities, but has 
manifested no predilection for the honors or emoluments of public 
office. He and his family hold membership in the Christian church at 
Anderson, where he is also affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd 
Fellows, the Knights of Pythias and other fraternal organizations. 

On the 25th of February, 1882, ]Mr. Donnelly was married to Miss 
Lulu Pence, a daughter of John and Rhoda (Colvin) Pence, of Madison 
county, and the five children of this union are Wade, Ward, Walter, 
Fred and Dale. Wade, who wedded ]\Iiss Lillian ]\IcClintock, resides 
in Anderson. Ward, who wedded I\Iiss Florence Bassett, resides in 
Chesterfield. The three younger sons remain at the parental home. 
The family have long been one of prominence and popularity in the 
social activities of the community. 



608 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

Chakles W. Daw.-^on. Among the business men of .Madison county 
who have from small beginnings made substantial places for themselves 
among the prosperous citizens of this place, a notable example is to bo 
found in the person of Charles W. Dawson, proprietor of the Da\vsou 
Machine AVorks, at 16th and B Streets in Ehvood. His success in the 
business world is well merited, in that it has come through the medium 
of well directed industry, while as a citizen he has ever shown a com- 
mendable inclination to assist in all movements pertaining to the pu)>lic 
welfare. 

Mr. Dawson is a native of the Hoosier State, having been boi'n at 
Greenfield, I'ebruar} 12, 1871, and is a son of Henry L. and Mary (Yan- 
landingham) Dawson. The paternal grandparents of Mr. Dawson. 
George and Rebecca Dawson, were early pioneers of Indiana, vvhere 
both died in advanced years and were the parents of three children, 
Henry, Jesse and one other. 

Henry L. Dawson was born in Indiana, and has spent his entire 
life in this state, with the exception of two and a half years, when he 
served as a private in the Union Army during the Civil war. For a 
nuinber of years lie was engaged in agricultural pursuits, but subse- 
quently turned his attention to contracting, and is now one of tlie 
well known business men of Indianapolis. He first married ilary Yan- 
landingham of Indiana, who died in the faith of the Meihodist church 
in 1877, aged about twenty-six years, and they became the parents of 
five children, namely: Charles W., of Ebvvood, Indiana; Jesse G., whose 
home is in Cleveland, Ohio; Jolm C, who resides at Franklin Park, Illi- 
nois; Luna, who became the wire of J. R. Leab, of Marion, Indiana, and 
one child that died in infancy. Mr. Dav/son married for his second wife 
Miss Rhoda McFadden, and they became the parents of tvro children ; 
Cora and Fred. 

Charles AV. Dawson was reared in Central Indiana, spending his 
boyhood and youth in Greenfield and Indianapolis, iii v.-hich cities he 
attended the public schools. In 1885 he first came to Ehvood, where he 
completed his education and subsequently accomX'imied his father to 
Kokomo. where he learned the trade of machinist, which vocation he 
has made his life work. AVhile a resident of this place he met Miss 
Myrtle L. Lewis, daughter of Francis and Almira (Tolbert) Lewis, 
who afterward became his wife, June 3, 1894. Soon after his marriage- 
he embarked upon his business career as the proprietor of an efita-ilish- 
ment at Alexandria. It was here their son Donald Yerne was born 
]May 26, 1895. One year later 'Mr. Dav/son with his family returned 
to Elwood and has since made this place his home. The son attended 
the public schools here graduating with the class of 1913. The follow- 
ing year he entered Purdue University. Immediately on his return to 
Elwood Mr. Dawson opened a machine shop which he has continued to 
the present time. In 1908 he began the handling of automobiles, 
fitting up a well equipped garage, and has principally dealt in Buick 
cars, since that time. He has built up an excellent business, handlin.g 
a full line of accessories and parts, and having every facility for the 
repair of all makes of motor cars. His excellent workmanship has 
gained him nuich patronage, and mucli of his success is due to that fact 
that he personally inspects all work before it is turned out of his estab- 
lishment. As one who has the interest of his community at heart, he 
has withheld his support from no movement of a progressive nature, 
while personally he has gained and retained niany friends in the city 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 609 

of his adoption. He is a Republican in political matters, but has taken 
piilv a good citizen's interest in affairs of a public nature. His fra- 
toriial connection is with tlie local lodges of the Improved Order of Red 
Men and the Independent Order of Foresters. The pleasant fauiily 
iionie in located at 1023 South Anderson Street. 

R. F. Etchison. a homestead of about sixty-five acres located in the 
vicinity of Frankton is the residence and the scene of the business activi- 
ties of Mr. R. T. Etchison, one of the well known citizens of :\Iadison 
county, and representing an old and honored family in this part of the 

state. p -, , 1 

Mr. R. F. Etchison was l)orn April 20, 1871, a son of Stephen and 
Charity Jane Etchison, both now deceased. Stephen Etchison was born 
in Wayne county, Indiana, and moved to Madison county, where he was 
a fanner and honored resident for many years. There were fourteen 
children in the family, and the four boys now living are William and 
Walter C, both of Oklahoma, and Albert, a resident of Saskatchewan, 
Canada, and R. F. F-tchison. 

As a boy ^Ir. R. F. Et.-hison attended the common schools and his 
home throughout his career has been ori the farm of his present resi- 
dence. After completing his education, he took up regular duties of 
farming, and on the death of his father he assumed entire management 
of the Tstate. He and Albert sulisequently bouglit out the interest of 
the other heirs in the farm, and Mr. R. F. Etchison has since then 
acquired individual ownership of the excellent farm, which is his present 
home. He married ]Miss Eldora Leeraan. Their tw^o children are 
Chandos Leone and Meredith. In politics Mr. Etchison is a Democrat. 
On his farm he raises stock and the usual agi'icultural crop of this sec- 
tion, aiid by his thrift and industry is winning a substantial place for 
himself and family. 

Ou\ER H. Stoker. Situated on the Stoker Road about two and a 
half miles from Elwood is the well improved and prosperous rural home 
of Oliver H. Stoker, who has made an excellent account of his time and 
energy as a Madison county farmer, and has one of the best improved 
farm estates in Pipe Creek township. The farm, most of which belonged 
to his father, and has been in the possession of the Stoker family for a 
great many years, consists of one hundred and sixty acres of excellent 
soil, and ^Ir. Stoker devotes it to mixed farming, raising first class stock, 
and the various agricultural crops of this county. 

Oliver H. Stoker was born on this same farm, February IS, 1870, 
a son of William R. and Mary (Canaday) Stoker. The late William 
R. Stoker, well remembered among the sterling citizenship of Madison 
20unty for many years, was born in Montgomery county, Ohio,_ and 
was a boy when brought to Madison county. He had some schooling in his 
native state and finished in Indiana. He came to Madison county in 
company with his parents, James and Rebecca Stoker. James Stoker, 
the grandfather of the Pipe Creek farmer first named, was thus the 
founder of the family fortunes in this part of Indiana. William R. 
Stoker and wife v^'ere'^tl.ie parents of three children. Oliver H., Martha, 
married Richard ]\[cClure, and their two children were named Edna and 
Howard. The third was William Franklin Stoker, now deceased. Up 
to the time. of his death he owned and occupied the farm adjoining his 



610 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

brother's Oliver H. William F. Stoker married Catherine lligbc..-, 
and they were the part-nts of Uvo children. 

Oliver H. Stoker as a boy atu_-iided the old Cauaday school, whii.-h 
was a familiar institution of the neighborhood in which he was reaid, 
and completed his education in ihe Fraukton public school. "Whiltj 
going to school he had his share oi the farm duties, and after the deiiilL 
of his father he and his brother joined in the management and condu^:r, 
of the home estate, which was a phi-.e of two hundred acres but increased 
to three hundred and twenty acrcS. When his brother died the farm 
was divided and ^Ir. Oliver H. Stoker now owns one hundred and sixty 
acres, and is giving it his best efforts and is prospering probably as \\d\ 
as auv farmer in this section of tiiv county. 

On September 19, 1901, ]Mr. Stoker married :Miss Jennie Antle, 
daughter of George W. and AYilhelniina (Euble) Antle. Her father was 
a farmer, and owned a good homestead near Elwood. Mr. and Mrs. 
Stoker were the parents of four children. Their names are: Mildred 
Naomi, Thelma Ilortense, Ilalden A. and Benjamin Franklin. Frater- 
nally Mr. Stoker is a member of th-.- Knights of Pythias, and is a Kepub- 
lican voter. 

J. L. Webster Peck, M. D. Practicing medicine at Fraukton since 
1895, Dr. Peck has one of the best ..-ountry practices in Madison courity, 
and by his success and individual jliaracter and ability is a credit to 
the present medical fratt-rnity of V-::s county. He came here soon alter 
leaving medical college, and after proving his skill and gaming tue 
confidence of the community has f-lways enjoyed a liberal share of its 
patronage and stands high both as a doctor and citizen. 

J L. Webster Peck wus born iu Hovv-ard county, Indiana, a son o/. 
Wiliiam' and Sarah (Foland) Peck. The father and motiier were both 
natives of Hamilton countv, and Y'iiliam Peck gave his life to the mm- 
• istry of the Methodist church. TLr five children in their famdy were 
named Maggie A.; Jennie, deceasrd; Ethleeu, deceased; Halsie, de- 
ceased; and Dr. Peck. • -, i? + 

Owino- to the fact that his fiulier's ministry re^uuva irequent 
removal of residence, Dr. Peck spe.it his boyhood in a number of du- 
ferent localities in Indiana, and tenied various schools m the course uf 
his educational career. He was a student in the high school at Hager.s- 
town, spent two vears in the DeP^.uw University, and was graduated 
in medicine at Indianapolis. In 1.- •.:•'> he located at Fraukton, ana nas 
since had his office in this town. ■, i . 

On Januai-v 10, 1900. Dr. Peck married :\Iary A. Prosser, daughter 
of Emanuel aAd Susan Prosser. The four children born to their mar- 
riao-e are Earl P., William L., Ali:e Beatrice and ^lary Yivian. ihe 
doctor belongs to the Madison county and the State Medical Societies, 
is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and he and his 
family worship in the Methodist church. 

The Hoosier Poet (By J. L. F.. . James Whitcomb Riley, born in 
Greenfield Hancock county, Indiana, where he was reared, educater., ana 
spent his boyhood days, is entitled to a place in the history or Aladison 

county. . , . , J 1 1,0 

Mr Riley for several vears mac- his home ni Anderson, wnere ne 

was%onnected with the local press as reporter on the Anderson Dnno- 



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crcit. This ^vas wliile Todysmau and Groan were its publishers, 1876-80. 
During this period Mr. Riley began to develop as a local poet. 

His first production that gave him "a name'/ was ''Leoiiainie, " a 
supposed unpublished poem by Edgar Allen Poe, which had for years 
been lost, and found among his papers. Mr. Kiley had this poem pub- 
lislied in the Kokoriio Dispatch. The editor of the Anderson Herald, 
wlio had on many occasions belittled Riley's pretensions as a poet, gave 
large space to its publication, and great praise to its sentiment, oblivious 
to the fact that it was from Riley's pen. When the secret was out and 
the world gave praise to the author, his old-time critic, joined in the 
procession and helped to make Riley a real poet. 

Mr. Riley's genial disposition and plebian Vv'ays made him a favorite 
in Anderson. The "devil" in the printing office was as close to him 
as the editor. The man on the street was treated as cordially as the 
"nabob" of the city. A man possessed of such qualities could not be 
other than a favorite. His verses demonstrate that his heart-throbs are 
with the common folk. 

iMadison county does not claim Riley as a native son, but glorifies in 
the fact that he once lived withiii its bounds. iMr. Riley has sung the 
songs that reach the heart. But few nien live to hear and see what esteem 
is placed upon them by their fellowmen. This distinction Riley has 
enjoyed. The writer believes that a flower placed in the hands of the 
living, or a good word spoken to a friend, is worth more than a moun- 
tain of bouquets placed upon his bier, and therefore gives place in this 
work to Mr. Riley's face and one of his dearest compositions. 

Out to Old Aunt Mary's 

Wasn't it pleasant, brother mine, 

In those old days of the lost sunshijie 

Of youth — -when the Saturday's chores were through, 
And the '"Sunday's wood" in the kitchen, too, 
And we went visiting, "me and you," 
Out to old Aunt Mary's? 

"Me and you" — and the morning fair. 
With the dewdrops twinkling everywhere; 
The scent of the cherry-blossoms blovrn 
.— -After us, in the roadway lone, 

Our capering shadows onward throvv'n — 
Out to old Aunt Mary 's ! 

It all comes back so clear today ! 

Though I am as bald as you are gray, — 

Out by the barn-lot, and down the lane 
We patter along in the dust again. 
As light as the tips of the drops of the rain, 
Out to old Aunt ]\Iary's. 

The few last houses of the tov.-n ; 

Then on, up the high creek-bluft's and down; 

Past the squat toll-gate, with its v,-ell-sweep pole; 

The bridge, and the old "babtizin'-hole," 

Loitering, awed, over pool and shoal. 
Out to Old Aunt Marv's. 



612 HISTORY OF MADISON COUxXTY 

We cross the pasture, and througli the wood, 
Where the old gray snag of the poi)Iar stood 

Where the haniTuering "red-heads" hopped awry, 
And the buzzard "raised" in the "clearing" sky 
And lolled and circled, as we went by 
Out to old Aunt Mary's. 

Or, stayed by the glint of a redbird's wings, . 

Or the glitter of song that the bluebird sings, 
All hushecl we feign to strike strange trails, 
As the "big braves" do in the Indian tales, 
Till again our real quest lags luid fails- 
Out to old Aunt Mary's. — 

And the woodland echoes with yells of inirtli 

That make old war-whoops of minor worth, — 

Where such heroes of war as vre ? — 

With bows and arrows of fantasy, 

Chasing each other from tree to tree 

Out to old Aunt :\rary's: 

And then in the dust of the road again ; 

And the teams we met, and the countrymen; 

And the long highway, with sunshine spread 
As thick as butter on country bread, 
Our cares behind, and our hearfs ahead 
Out to old Aunt Mary's. — 

For only, now. ai: the road's next bend 
To the right we could make oat the gable-end 
Of the fine old Huston honiest"ad — not 
Half a mile from the sacred spot 
' Where dwelt our Saint in her simple cot — 
Out to old Aunt Ixlary's. 

■ Why, I see her now in the open door 
Where the little gourds grew up the sides and o'er 
The clapboard roof !— and her face-— ah, me I 
Wasn't it good for a boy to see — 
And wasn't it good for a boy to be 
Out to old Aunt ^Mary's? — 

The jelly — the jam and the marmalade. 

And the cherry — and quince — "preserves" she made! 
And the sweet-sour pickles of peach and pear, 
With cinnamon in 'em, an all things rare ! — 
And the more we ate vvas the more to spare. 
Out to old Aunt Mary's. 

Was there, ever, so kind a face 

And gentle as hers, or such a grace 

Of welcoming, as she cut the cake 
Or the juicy pies that she joyed to make 
Just for the visiting children's sake — 
Out to old Aunt IMarv's. 



• HISTORY OF i\L\DISON COUNTY 613 

The honey, too, in its amber comb 

One only finds in an old farm-home; 

And the coffee, fragrant and sweet, and ho! 
So hot that Ave o-joried to drink it so, 
"With spangles of tears in onr eyes, you know — 
Ont to old Aunt ^Mary's. 

And the romps we took, in our glad unrest ! — 
"Was it the lawn that we loved the best, 

With its swooping swing in the locust trees, 

Or was it the grove, with its leafy breeze, 

Or the dim hay-mow, witli its fragrances — 
Out to old Aunt ^Mary's. 

Far fields, bottom-lands, creek-banks-^all 

We ranged at will — where the waterfall 
Laughed all day as it slowly poared 

Over the dam by the old mill-ford, ' • 

While the tail-race writhed and tlie mill-wheel roared — 
Out to old Aunt :\Iary's. 

But home, with Aunty in nearer call, 

That was the best place, after all ! — 

The talks on the back-porch, in the low 
Slanting sun and the evening glov/. 
With the voice of counsel that touched us so, 
Out to old Aunt Mary's. 

And then, in the garden — near the side 
Where the bee-hives were and the path was wide, — 
The apple-house — like a fairy cell — 
With the little scpiare door we knew so well, 
And the wealth inside but our tongues could tell — 
Out, to old Aunt ^larv^'s. 

And the old spring-house, in the cool green gloom 
Of the willow trees — and the cooler room 

Where the swinging shelves and the crocks were kept, 
Where the cream in a golden languor slept, 

While the waters gurgled and laughed and wept — 
Out to old Aunt Mary's. 

And as many a time have you and I — 
Barefoot boys in the days gone by — 

Knelt, and in tremulous ecstacies 

Dipped our lips into sweets like these, — 

Memory now is on her knees 
Out to old Aunt i\Iary's. 

For, my brother so far away. 

This is to tell you — she waits to-day 
To welcomxc us : — Aunt Mary fell 
Asleep this morning, whispering — "Tell 
The boys to come." . . . And all is well 
Out to old Aunt IMarv's. 



614 HISTORY OF ]\IADISON COUNTY 

James 0. Lee. As cashier of the Frankton Bank since 1902, Mr. Lee 
has had the executive direction of an institution that plays a very im- 
portant part in the local business activities of this section of :>Iadison 
county, possessing much influence both as a citizen and as a man of 
business. Mr. Lee has earned his place as a result of high ability and 
through steady attention to business since lea,ving college, and has ac- 
complislied a great deal of worthy work since he entered upon hia 
active career. 

James 0. Lee was born in 1870, on the nineteentJi day of Septem- 
ber, in Hamilton county, Indiana, near Perkinsville. His parents were 
Luther and Ella (Dewitt) Lee. The father, also a native of Plamilton 
county, was a merchant by occupation and was also engaged in the 
canning business at Perkinsville. The three cliildren in his family com- 
prised James 0., Frank and Claude. James 0. Lee first atterided the 
schools in Perkinsville, v/as then in the Normal College at Danville, 
spent the years 1800-91 at DePauw University, and was graduated vrith 
honors at_ Lexington. Kentucky. During elevt-n years' of his active life, 
both' during and subsequent to his college days, he was engaged in 
teaching school. Another honor that eame^to him in early Life was that 
of appointment as chief journal clerk in the Indianapolis* Legislature, a 
position which he held for one year. He became identified with the 
milling business at Frankton and was connected with the establish- 
ment until the plant was destroyed by fire. He entered the Frankton 
Bank in October, 1902, since which time he has been cashier, and 
practically the manager of the affairs of the bank. 

On December 27, 1893, :\Ir. Lee was married to ^Jiss Luella Wise, 
daughter of William H. Wise of Perkinsville. They have two children, 
Mabel and Wilbur, both of whom are now attending school in Frankton. 

Fraternally Mr. Lee is a member of the I\Iasonic order, 'the Knights 
of Pythias and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He v,-as~ re- 
cently a candidate for ':he office of county clerk on the Kepubliean 
ticket, and is known for one of the young leaders of that party iu 
Madison county. He is a :\Iethodist in his "religious affiliation, and he 
and his family worship in that church. 

- George AVashixgtox Baker. Since 1880 a resident of ?.Iadisou 
county, ^Ir. Baker has resided on his present farm for the past 13 years, 
and is one of the capable men whose industry and energies are each 
year adding to the substantial wealth and ' prosperity^ of Madison, 
county. _ 3Ir. Baker's homestead is situated six miles northeast of 
Elwood iu Pipe Creek township. 

George W. Baker was born in 185-4 on the tenth of IMarch, in Dear- 
born county, near Lawrenceburg, Indiana, a son of John and Senor 
(Moore) Baker. The father was born in southern Indiana, and his 
death occurred in Ripley county, where he was buried. The children 
in the family were as follows : George AV. ; Rachael ; Harvey, also a 
resident of Madison county; James; and Ida, who is now the wido\v- of 
Chas. Baxter. 

George Washington Baker as a boy attended school in Ohio and Ripley 
counties. _ Indiana, completing his education in the latter county. 
While going to school he worked. on a farm and has always known and 
experienced the value of industry and good honest work In 1880 be 
moved to ^Eadison county, and in 1892 had progressed so far as an 
independent farmer and business man that he bought his present estate. 



HISTORY OF iMiVDISON COUNTY 615 

On November 21, 1878, jMr. Baker married Miss Sarah Rigor, a daugh- 
ter of Andrew and Harriet (Humphrey) Rigor. Her father was bom 
in Kentucky and came to Decatiu" county, Indiana, v/hen a young man, 
and brought up his family on a farm. There were eight children in 
the Rigor family, namely: Hannah, deceased; Sarah, Mrs. Baker; 
Joshua ; Wesley ; Permela ; Lula ; Amy, deceased ; and Leonard. Mr, 
and Mrs. Baker are the parents of four children, who are named as 
foUows: CIifl:ord, who is married and a resident of Canada, and has 
three children, George, Ruth and Lois; Floy, the wife of AViHiam Hoop; 
John, in high school at Elwood; and Vere, who graduated from the 
grade schools. ]Mr. Baker has given all his attention to general farm- 
ing and stock raising and has each year put back a large share of his 
profits in improvements which in the course of time have made his 
estate one of the best and most valuable in this locality. He has a 
large and commodious barn for the shelter of his grain and stock, and 
all his implements and facilities are in keeping with modern agricul- 
ture. Mr. Baker is not only a progressive farmer, but also a progress- 
ive in politics, having adopted the new principles and policies first 
formulated in a campaign platform in 1912. He and his family are 
members of the Friends ehurcli located in Pipe Creek townships, 

AsBURY M. Moore. A retired farmer novv making his home at 2020 
E. i\Iain street in Elwood, Mr. Muore is one of the estiroab.le members 
of Madison county citizenship. He has had a career of industrious 
and profitable farming and early in life adopted the vocation of cuki- 
vating the soil as the most important labor of man. AVhile not actively 
engaged in producing the crops of the soil he still owns a fine farm 
of one hundred and eighty acres, situated on the county line road about 
three and a half miles soutli of Elwood. 

Mr. i\Ioore is known among liis friends and associates as a gentle- 
man of high standing. He was born in Tipton county, Indiana, April 
21, 18G0, a son of Joseph and Angeline (Armfield) Moore. The father 
was a native of Wayne county, Indiana. He moved to Madison county 
in 1836 and was one of the old families which located in that section 
of the county. There were only two sons and the other is Azro F. 
Moore, now a druggist in Tipton. I\Ir. Moore as a boy attended the 
Darrow schools, and finished his education in the Tipton high school. 

He began his career by working as a farm laborer, at monthly wages, 
and also worked for his father for several years. He finally bought 
out the interest of his brother in the home farm, and during the suc- 
ceeding years gradually acquired an excellent property which has 
proved a competence. Besides his fine farm above mentioned he is the 
owner of considerable town property. Mr. Moore was married Sep- 
tember 28, 1881, to Miss Eva Richardson, now deceased. She was the 
mother of two children, Fern, deceased, and Bertha L. now the wife of 
Jesse Rice. For his second wife Mr. Moore married ML^ Clara B. 
Hughel October 2, 1892, and their two children are Marie and Clarice. 

Mrs. Moore is a native of old ^Madison county, born April 13, 1864, 
and was reared and educated in her native county. She Is a member . 
of the Eastern Star of Tipton, Indiana, and she and husband are mem- 
bers of the Presbyterian church at Tipton. 

Fraternally ]VIr. Moore is an honored member of the Masonic Lodge, 
the Modern Woodmen of America and the Maccabees. He is a great 
friend of Indiana's excellent school system and while a resident ox. 

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616 HISTOP.Y OF MADISON COUNTY | 

Tipton, was a member of the board of education of the city schools. 
He is a Democrat in politics. He and his wife, take the good of their 
means, and spend part of it in travel. They spent six months on the 
Pacific slope, most of the time at Seattle, Washington. ;; 

William H. Wise. An example of first class stock and general 
farming enterprise is found in l^ipe Creek township, along the Dun- 
dee and Frankton Roads, on the ninety acre homestead of ;Mr. Wm. H. 
Wise, a progressive farmer who has spent nearly all his life in this 
section of Indiana, and while getting his share of the world's goods, hu 
has also exercised the qualities of good citizenship, and is a man thor- 
oughly esteemed throughout his township. 

Mr. Wise was born in Jackson township of ^ladison county, near 
Perkinsville, on January 5, 1S61. His father is Alexander AVise, one 
of the old and honored residents of Madison county, a sketch of whom 
and his family vv'ill be found on other pages of tliis work. William H. 
Wise v/as reared in the home established by his father in Madison 
county, and was given unusual advantages both in education and in 
opportunities for getting properly started in life. As a boy he 
attended the country schools of the township, and slso became familiar 
with the duties of the home farm. His education v^-as finished in the 
De Pauw University at Greencastle, and after leaving college he taught. 
school for some time in Madison county. From the school room he 
turned his attentioji to farming, and having given mucli of his ener- 
gies to this, occupation and having made it a real business, he has 
accomplished probably- more than most of his contemporaries in tin; 
same line of activities. ]Mr. Wise is a broad- mind'-d man. and pe^-forms 
his share of community public spirit and is highly honored in liis home 
locality. As a young nmn, in addition to the other school advantages 
just mentioned he attended for one term at the Danville Central Nor- 
mal School. 

On September 19, 1886, he married Florence KinmierHug Dipboy. 
Mrs. Wise was reared iji the family of her grandmother, and took the 
-latter 's name. The three children of Mr. and ]\Irs. AVise are Bessie, 
Blanche, and Carol. The family worship in the Alethodist church. 

Hon. J. M. Farlow. A former state senator from Madison county, 
one of the most influential men in the Democratic party of this locality, 
Mr. Farlow has been a member of the bar for the last quarter of a 
century and has his home and office at Frarikton, from which vicinity 
he has a large clientage. The residents in that locality repose a great 
deal of confidence in IMr. Farlow 's judgment and ability as a lawyer, 
and he is usually retained in connection with most of the litigation 
from this portion of the county. 

J. M. Farlow was born on the twenty-first of July, 1839, in Tipton 
county, a son of Reuben and Elizabeth (O'Dell) Farlow. The grand- 
parents moved from the old homestead of North Carolina to Tipton 
county, in the early years of the last century, and about 1833 located 
in Pipe Creek township of Aladison county. Reuben Farlow was a 
young man v/hen the family came to Indiana, and made a very success- 
ful farmer in Madison county. He and his wife were the parents of 
nine children, and the three now liWng are Lafa^'ette, Lucinda, and 
Senator Farlow. Hon. J. M. Farlow attained his early schooling in 
Tipton county and his last school days were spent in the old Picker- 



HISTORY 0? MADISON COUNTY 617 

iiig schools. He early applied himself to farming as an occupation, 
has occupied himself with various enterprises and taught school for 
ten terms. In the meantime he took up the study of law at leisure 
intervals and under such iijstruction as he could obtain, and was 
finally admitted to the bar and engaged in practice, which he has 
now continued successfully for twenty-five years or more. 

In 1861 he married ]\Iiss Malinda Haskett. Six children were born 
of that marriage. One of these is Viola, wife of John Foland, and 
their three children are Earl, J. M, and Ellen. A younger daughter 
than Viola is Kate, wife of Charles Whitehead, and'theii- four children 
are Cecil S., Vii-gil, Grant and lone. On March 12, 1904, Mr. Farlow 
married Miss Margaret Peck, a daughter of William and Sarah (Foland) 
Peck, and a sister of Dr. Peck of Frankton. There are no children 
by the second marriage. 

Mr. Farlow was honored b}' his fellow citizens in Madison county 
by election for two terms to the House of Kepresenratives, and later 
was sent to the State Senate for two years. In politics he is a Demo- 
crat, and fraterniiliv is a Ko^-al ^rch Mason and a member of the Blue 
Lodge at Frankton and is also a member of the Knights of Pythias, 
and the Improved Order of Red Men. His family are members of 
the ]\Iethodist church. 

Martin Gavin. As manager of his father's farm of one hundred 
and forty acres, located on the Elwood Pike about five miles north of 
Elwood, Mart Gavin, as he is familiarly known, is one of the progress- 
ive young farmers of IMadison county, and has laid a substantial 
foundation for a successful career. 

Mart Gavin was born where he now resides, July 1, 1891, a sou 
of Martin and Elizabeth (xMc^^Ianamnn) Gavin. His father \vas born in 
Ireland, was twelve years old when he came to America, and after 
landing in New York City, the family came west and Anally located in 
Rex county, Indiana, where he was reared to manhood. He later came 
to jMadison county, and from modest beginnings has acquired a gener- 
ous estate and prosperity, and is one of the influential men of this 
section. The eight children in the family are named as follows: Marae, 
Michael, Nora, Nellie, Mart, ^Maggie, Ruth and John. 

Martin Gavin as a boy attended the country schools and finished 
his education in the Catholic school at Elwood. All his early associa- 
tions were with farm life, and when he arrived at manhood he was 
well prepared to take up the management of the old estate, which 
he now conducts in a progressive and up-to-date manner, and is one 
of the men who are proving the profitableness of agriculture in Madi- 
son county. He is well kno^\Ti socially in Elwood and vicinity, and 
is a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic church. 
In politics he is a Democrat. 

WiLLL^M Etchison. A resident of Madison county during the 
greater part of his life, and an honored and respected farmer of Pipe 
Creek township, w'nere he is the owner of one hundred and seven acres, 
Mr. Etchison has applied business methods to his vrork, has won a good 
material degree of prosperity, and has provided well for his family. 

William Etchison was born in Jackson township, Madison county, 
September 18, 1855, a son of Jackson and Mary (Wise) Etchison. The 
father was a native of Wayne county, Indiana, and the paternal grand- 



618 HISTORY OP ^EADISON COUNTY 

parents came to Indiana, originally from North Carolina. Amonjj ih« 
children of Jackson Etchison were William, Airs. Nancy Worley, Jehu 
"W., Margaret A., and Mary Olive. J 

William Etchison as a boy spent part of his time in Hamilton, and 
part in Madison county. He grew up on the farm, became convtr- 
sant with all its duties, and activities, and principally during the '.viuter 
term attended the school of his neighborhood. 

Mr. Etchison wedded Miss Margaret J. Worley, March 2, 1876, aiid ♦ 
to this marriage have been born the following children: Cyrus Jack- | 
son, Raymond and Nellie Alice, all deceased. The living children are, I 
Cora M., wife of Minor McClead and they have three children, Guy, 
Forest and Margaret; Ora Austin wedded Miss Bertha Duncan aiid 
they have four children, Edna E., Ernest L., John M., and Glen D.; 
Mary K. is wife of Irviue Robbins and they have six children, Nellie B., 
Kenneth, Harry W., William II., Leonard R. and Mabel M. ; Willard 
C, married Miss Jessie Waymire and they have one child, Orville D.; 
Virgil A., married Miss Mary Major; Lenna Fay is the youngest and 
resides at home. 

Mrs. Etchison, wife of the subject is a native of Madison couiity, 
Indiana, and was born March 27, 1853, the second child in a family 
of twelve children, seven sons and five daughters, born to Elijah and 
Rachel K. (Fifer) Worley. There are nine of this family living at 
present, 1914. 

Father "Worley was a native of Virginia and was an agriculturist. 
Politically he was a strong advocate of the Republican principles. He 
died in Pipe Creek township. Alother Worley was also a native of 
Virginia. Both of Mrs. Etchison 's parents are deceased. She was 
reared and educated in Madison county, Indiana, and has nobly done 
her part as wife and mother. 

When Mr. and Mrs. Worley began their married life they had 
little cash capital, but by dint of hard toil, frugality and being honest, 
they have reared a large family and have one of the best farms of one 
hundred and seven acres in Pipe Creek township. A beautifuJ. frame 
residence, pretty grounds and fine outbuildings further enhance its 
value, and their farm is called "The ]Maple Grove Stock Farin." 

"^William A. Rybolt. Now occupying and engaged in the improve- 
ment of a nice farm of eighty acres of land lying on the Elv/ood Pike 
near Leisure postoffice, about six and a half, miles north of Elvv'ood, 
in Duck Creek township, William A. Rybolt is best known and has 
made his most successful record not as a farmer, but as a driller of 
wells in the oil and gas regions, and has been connected with the oil 
and gas fields in Indiana and elsewhere for a number of years. 

William A. Rybolt was born September 24., 1867, in Highland 
county, Ohio, a son of William and Emma C. (Brown) Rybolt. Wil- 
liam Rybolt, the father, came to Indiana, when his son William was 
one year old, and settled in Grant county. There were only two chil- 
dren in the family, and the sister is Glycera. 

William A. Rybolt has the early training and experience of the 
farmer boy, and attended the public schools of Duck Creek township. 
He wa-5 made thoroughly familiar with the activities of a farm, and 
was well trained in habits of industry and thrift, but when he took up 
farming independently he encountered difficulties which were discourag- 
ing and which caused him to abandon the occupation for a time. After- 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 619 

wards he started a second time, but was again iinsnocessful through, 
bad luck and sickness. These two somewhat disastrous experiments 
caused him to leave farming and go to the gas and oil fields, where he 
operated as a skillful driller for a number of years. In that work he 
has been unusually successful, and has made a good deal of money. 
At his mother's death the home farm of eighty acres was left to his 
management, and Mr. Rybolt is now engaged in building it up and 
improving it into a model estate. He purposes as soon as he has hii? 
laud in a satisfactory condition to return to the gas and oil business. 

On December 15, 1897, Mr. Kybolt married Miss Cora Steele, a 
daughter of H. S. Steele, of Ehvood, a retired farmer. Mr. and Mrs, 
Rybolt are members of the Christian churcli, and in politics he is a 
Republican, and largely interested in public affairs. 

Harvey A. WAYiiiRE. As a breeder and raiser of fine Percheron 
horses, ^Ir. Waymire has a reputation throughout Madison county. 
The "Shade Land" stock farm, consisting of one hundred and twenty 
acres of fine land in Duck Creek townbhip, and on the rural free deliv- 
ery route No. 28, out of Elwood, is a model place of its kind, and its 
improvements and adaptations to the uses of modern stock raising are 
the results of an exceptional degree of enterprise on the part of Mr. 
"Waymire. He began his career in this county some years ago, with a 
small amount of capital and b}' thrifty management has become one 
of the most popular citizens of this community. 

Harvey A. Wai'mire was born on the farm .v.-hich he now occu- 
pies in Duck Creek township, a son of Jacob and Julia (Greenlee) AY ay- 
mire. His father was born in AYarren comity, near Independence, 
Indiana, in 1853. His parents were Henry and Hulda Waymire. Jacob 
Waymire attended the common schools, worked on the home farm dur- 
ing his school period, and v.'as reared and has spent his career in ^ladi- 
son county, to which county he came with his parents when he wa.s 
a boy. As a farmer he was successful and was long known as one of the 
substantial men of the vicinity. The children of Jacob and Julia AY ay- 
mire were: Oris H., William C, Harvey A., and Lula M., the wife 
of E. L. Wiggins, M. D. 

Harvey A. Waymire as a boy first attended what was known as the 
Old Wa^Tnire school, and finished his schooling in the new Waymire 
school in Duck Creek to^\^lship. Y.'hile spending five days in the week 
at school he worked in the morning and evening on the home place, 
and most of his Saturdays and summer vacations were spent in the 
activities of the home farm. When he got his independent start in 
life, it was on eighty acres of land, and since then he has prospered 
and added to his land holdings, until he now has one of the best im- 
proved and most profitable estates in Duck Creek township. 

On August 14, 1896, ]\Ir. W^aymire married Miss Pearl jNI. Fox, 
a daughter of John and Mary (Ring) Fox. ]\Ir. and Mrs. Waymire 
are the parents of three children -, Jacob L., Mary F., and John H., 
all of whom are attending the local schools. Fraternally Mr. Way- 
mire is affiliated v,"ith the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, is an 
elder in the Christian church, and votes the Democratic ticket. 

I. W. Carr. a resident of Madison county since 1884, Mr. Carr is 
a prosperous farmer of Duck Creek township, residing on rural free 
delivery route No. 31, and getting his daily mail from Elwood. His 



620 HISTORY OF 2IADIS0N COUNTY 

neighbors regard liim as one of the prosperous and substantial mcr. 
of the toAv-nship, and he is owner and operator of a fine estate of cue 
hundred and fifteen aeres. He began life without money, worked hard 
to get his start, and all his success may be credited to his individuc^i 
eflorts and enterprise. 

I. W. CaiT was born December 27, 1858, in Rush coimty, Indiana 
and belongs to a family which became identified with Rush county 
durnig the pioneer days. His parents were James R. and Sarah J 
(Miller) Carr. The father was born in Rush county, and Grandfatlier 
Isaac Carr settled there from the state of Kentucky. James Carr and 
wife were the parents of four children, of whom L W. was the oldf^st 
The others are Roy, Charles V., and Ora, the last named being deceased." 

I. \\. Carr as a boy attended the common schools in Rush county. 
and not only learned the lessons taught in books, but also acquired 
the more valuable instruction of honest industry and thrift as inciil- 
cated at home. He worked diligently on the home farm, and wheii 
about twenty-two years of age started out for himself by renting a 
tract of land in Rush county. Later he bought a small farm and has 
steadily prospered from early manhood to the present time. 

On Idarch 31, ISSl, Mr. Carr married Sarah A. Lines, a daughter 
of xVaroji N. Lines and Jennie (Wain) Lines. Both her parents are 
now deceased. The one child born to :Jr. Carr and wife is Omer, who 
married Ora Haines and has one child, Gladys. IMr. Carr is a Demo- 
srat in politics and has served as trustee of Duck- Creek township. Mr. 
and Mrs. Carrs pretty country home is known as ''Locust Grove Sto-k 
Farm." 

THO^rAS E. Palmer. The business interests of Elwood, Indiana, 
have grown so rapidly within the last decade that today it is knov/n as 
one of _the_ leading manufacturing centers of Indiana, 'and its present 
industrial importance may be accredited to a class of progressive! enter- 
prising and energetic men of business, whose modern methods and ear- 
nest efforts have made the name of the city kno^\-n all over the couti- 
try. As manager of the Ames Shovel & Tool Company, Thomas E. 
Palmer holds an acknowledged position of prestige among Elwood 's 
leading business citizens. He has resided here only since 1902. but 
during this time has shown himself capable of discharging. every trust 
given him. and at the same time has manifested a commendable pul)lic- 
spiritedness that has made him a leader in movements for the generjil 
welfare of his adopted community. He was born in Trenton, Nev/ 
Jersey, December 8, 1862, and is a son of Thomas and Margaret (Reid) 
Palmer. 

George Palmer, the paternal grandfather of Thomas E. Palmer, was 
born in England, was there married, and subsequently removed to Scot- 
land, where he passed away at the age of eighty years, his wife dying 
when eighty-six years old. They had only one child, Thomas. The 
maternal grandfather of ^Ir. Palmer was William Reid, who was mar- 
ried in his native Scotland to Elizabeth Heron, and some time there- 
after emigi-ated to the United States and settled at Trenton, New Jersey, 
where he died at the age of seventy years, after spending his life in 
inventing and at tlie carpenter's trade. His widow subsequenily moved 
to Cleveland, Ohio, where she passed away at the age of eiglity-six years. 
But two of their children grew to maturity: Margaret; and Jane, who 
became the wife of James Horton, of Cleveland, Ohio. 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 621 

Thomas Palmer was born in England, and as a child was taken by 
his parents to Scotland, where he was educated and grew to manhood 
in the city of Glasgow, there learning the iron industry in all of its 
branches. He came to the United States about the year 1S50, and 
located first at Troy, New York, and later became superintendent of 
the Trenton Iron "Works, at Trenton, New Jersey. Some years later 
he removed to the city of Cleveland, Ohio, where he became connected 
with the Cleveland Rolling Mills, and was identitied therewith until 
his death in 1908, aged eighty years and some months. He was a 
tliorough iron master, as were also his father and grandfather before 
him, the latter having built the first rolling mills in Scotland, and 
during the Civil war Thomas Palmer was engaged extensively in the 
manufacture of gun-barrel steel. His wife died two years after her 
husband, aged about eighty years, and in the faith of the Presbyterian 
church, of which he was also a member. They were the parents of 
seven children: George, who resides at Joliet, Illiriois; Elizabeth, who 
is the wife of AVilliam R. Fairlie, of Giasgo^\^ Scotland : William R., 
residing at Bridgeport. Connecticut; Thomas E.; ^Maria. who became 
the wife of AV. E. AV right, of Cleveland, Ohio; and Sarah, who is 
deceased. 

Thomas E. Palmer was but s child when taken to Cleveland, Ohio, 
by his parents, and in that city he grew to manhood, attendirjg the 
public and high schools. It was not unnatural that he adopt the iron 
business as his life ^\•ork, and as a young man he showed he had inherited 
the inclinations and tendencies of his forefathers by entering the 
employ of the Cleveland Roller Mill Company. As the years pa.ssed 
his abilities won him steady promotion, and at ditferent times he v/as 
employed with the Carnegie Steel Company, and the American Steel 
and Wire Company, at Beaver Falls and Braddock, Pennsylvanin, In 
1902 he came to Elwood as local manager for the Ames Shovel and Tool 
Company, the other officers of the concern be:'ng as follows : Hobart 
Ames, president ; Oliver W. Mink, treasurer ; Charles H. Myers. W. 
J. Alford and Julius C. Birge, vice-presidents; William H. Ames, 
secretary; and H. P. Cormerais, assistant secretary. The original 
plant of this company was established at North Eastou, ^Massachusetts, 
in 1774, and the company was not incorporated until more than one 
hundred years later, in 1875, but the concern now owns a number of 
plants, the production of that at Elwood being shovel plate, which is 
shipped to the factories in other cities and manufactured into shovels. 
It is the largest shovel producing company in the world, and has 
factories at the following points: North Easton. !Massachusetts: T. 
Rowland's Sons, Incorporated, at Cheltenham, Pennsylvania: George 
Griffiths Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the H. M. ]Myers 
Company, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania; the Wright Shovel Company, 
at Anderson, Indiana ; the St. Louis Shovel Company, at St. Louis, 
Missouri; and handle plants in New England and the Southwest. The 
Elwood plant employs about 150 people, the production being 700 
tons of shovel plate per month, and the building being a steel structure, 
the heaviest contracted building in the state. The pay-roll is between 
$8,000 and $10,000 per month, and the plant is operated continuously, 
twenty-four hours per day, with three shifts of men, the product meeting 
with a ready sale in the leading markets all ovt^r the world. 

Mr. Palmer has gained the full confidence of his business associates. 
who have come to rely upon his sound judgment, his keen perception and 



622 HISTORY OF I\LVDISON COUNTY 

his business acumen. He is a member of Beaver Valley Lodge No. 47S, 
F. & A. ^L, and Harmony Chapter No. 256, R. A. M., both of Beaver 
Falls. His support is given to Republican candidates and principles, 
but he is not a politician, his large business interests occupying his 
entire attention, and he has had no inclination to hold public office. 
His religious connection is with the Presbyterian church, of which 
Mrs. Palmer is also a member. 

On October 4^ 1894, ]Mr. Palmer was married to ^liss Lillian ]\Iay 
Dean, who was born at Harlansburg, Pennsylvania, daughter of Enoch 
and Sarah (Hall) Dean, both of whom died at Beaver Falls, Pennsyl- 
vania. There wt-re four children in the Dean family: Minnie, Lillian 
]May, Edith Clare and Helen. To Mr. and Mrs. Palmer there have 
been born three children : Dorothy Dean and Margaret Reid. both 
of whom died in early childhood; and Thomas Dean. 

Patrick Shay. From 1S53 until his death in 1907, Patrick Shay 
was one of the sterling citizens and hard-working and substantial men 
of Duck Creek township in Madison county. Coming to America 
when a young man, he began life in a strange country, iind among a 
strange people and by exercise of the qualities inherent in his character, 
and by a steadfast industry and devotion to the principles of honest 
living, he gained independence, provided liberally for his family, and 
left an honored name, which is cherished by his descendants. 

Patrick Shay was born in Ireland, 1816, a son of Kenneth Shay. 
Kenneth Shay never left his native land, and was a shoemaker by trade 
in the old country. He had three children, two sons, Michael aud 
Patrick, and a daughter. The daughter died in the old country, and 
Patrick and Michael both immigrated to America, and spent most 
of their years in Madison county, where they died. 

Patrick Shay was a young man when he came to America, and 
spent the first five years of his residence in Bostoij, Massachusetts, the 
old "Bay State." From there he moved to Rush coiinty, Indiana, and 
in 1853 came to Madison county, where he settled on a farm. He 
lived quietly but indu.striously, and gained for himseK a place in com- 
munity affairs. 

The children in his family were named as follows : Thomas; ^Michael ; 
John; Kenneth; Matthew; Mrs. Mary White; Mrs. Emma Smith; and 
Julia and Andrew, deceased. The sons Thomas and r^Iichael with 
their mother, Bridget (Scanlan) Shay, nou- manage the home farm oi 
one hundred and forty acres on the Windfall Pike, about five and one- 
half miles northwest of Elwood and also eighteen acres lying east of the 
homestead. The sons are prosperous farmers and stockmen, and are 
worthy successors of their honored father. The father during his life- 
time built the comfortable residence in which the family now live, and 
the Shay place is regarded as one of the best improved farms in Duck 
Creek township. The family worship in Elwood at St. Joseph's church, 
and all are active members of that congregation. 

Richard A. McClure. Madison county is noted for its fine farm- 
steads, many of which have been under cultivation since pioneer days. 
In Duck Creek township, about four miles northeast of Elvvood, is 
located one of the most attractive and valuable, the home place of 
Richard A. McClure. Its chief industry is cattle raising, and Mr. 
McClure aims to develop a high grade of stock and to make his place 



HISTORY OF IMADISON COUNTY 623 

profitable from ev^ery point of view. The farm contains two hundred 
acres, is worth considerably more than one hundred dollars an acre, and 
its fields give evidence of a high state of improvement. Like many 
other prosperous men of the present time JNIr. McClure began without 
any capital to speak of, and in less than twenty-five years had accumu- 
lated a fine estate entirely through his own initiative and industry. 

Richard A. ]\IcClure was born February 20, 1857, in Brook^,'ille, 
Indiana, a son of James and Anna (McCaw) McClure. His father 
was born in County Sligo, Ireland, and came to America with his 
parents, James and Katherine McClure, who moved to Indiana, and 
located at Brookville, where thej^ became farmers and stock raisers. 
James McClure followed farming as his regular occupation, and he and 
his wife were the parents of nine children, namely: John F. ; Katherine, 
deceased; Richard A.; Eliza J.; James Coburu, deceased; Margaret 
A.; Henry F. ; Scott, deceased; and one that died in infancy. 

Richard A. ^IcClure as a boy attended the country schools near 
Rrookville, Indiana, and finished his education in the Brookville high 
school. He learned the lessons of tlirift and industry at an early age 
and remained on the home farm, contributing his labors to the family 
until he was thirty years old. In 1S87 he came to Madison county, 
where he began his independent career, as a tenant. As a tenant he 
farmed the very estate which he now occupies as owner, receiving a 
part by inheritance and paying for the remainder from the proceeds 
of his hardy toil and successful management. At this WTiting ]Mr. 
]\IcClure has just finished one of the most attractive rural residences 
to be found anywhere in Madison county. The house contains four- 
teen rooms and is built on modern lines, and with the facilities and 
conveniences which make country life attractive, and in ccriiparison 
place a residence in the city at a low discount. The McClure home- 
stead stands off the road, about tvrenty yards, and with its attractive 
surroundings of trees and outbuildings, easily ranks as one of the 
finest places in the county. All the out buildings are also new, and 
since coming to this place Mr. ]\IcClure has increased its value by many 
thousand dollars. 

On February 7, 1894, Mr. :McClure married Martha E. Stoker. Their 
two children are Edna A., and Howard S., both attending school. Fra- 
ternally Mr. McClure is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd 
Fellows, he and his family worship in the Christian church, and in 
politics he is a Republican. 

Michael Meyer. One of the attractive and valuable farms of Duck 
Creek township, located on the township lines between Boone and Duck 
Creek townships, is the JMichael IMeyer place. Its proprietor, 'Sir. Meyer, 
bought the land a number of years ago when it was almost entirely 
a landscape of trees and stumps. He went in debt to acquire posses- 
sion of this first property and toiled both early and late in order to 
make his regular payment and finally to reach independence. Since 
early life he has been accustomed to hard work, has learned the lessons 
of successful agriculture, and has made his farm a homestead which 
measures well up to the best standards of ]\Iadison county rural homes. 
His farm has been largely shaped out by his own labors and plans, and 
represents both a comfortable home and a gratifying success. He raises 
most of the crops familiar to INIadison county, and makes a specialty 
of live stock. 



624 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY f 

Michael Meyer was born June 5, iS58, in Franklin county, Indiana 
a son of Martin and Maggie (Fierston) ]\Ieyer. Both the parents v.-ert' 
natives of Germany, where they were married and then came to America 
first locating in Cincinnati, Ohio. The father had a career in which 
hard work and progressive industry finally brought him to a comfortable 
prosperity. In Cincinnati he worked at any honorable occupation which 
he could find and finally moved to Franklin county, Indiana, where he 
began as a farmer, later he raised truck, and was a huckster for some 
twenty years. After that he lived a retired life enjoying the fruits of 
many well spent years. His last days were spent in Ehvood, where he 
died at the age of eighty-two years. The children in his familv are 
mentioned as follows: Barbara, deceased; Kate; Joseph, deceased; 
Michael; Mary; Lizzie, deceased, and Margaret. 

Michael Meyer was reared on a farm, assisted his father in growing 
the vegetable and fruit crop which were their specialty on the home 
place, and in the intervals of this occupation he attended the common 
schools\ When ready to begin life on his own account, he rented a 
small farm in Franklin county, and was afterwards employed at monthly 
wages for four years. Finally his- capital reached a p^oint where he 
possessed a couple of cows and two horses. He then "borrowed four 
huudred dollars and coming to Madison county rented a portion of 
the old Koberts farm for seven years. During this time he was grad- 
ually getting ahead in the world, and finally was able to purch.nse the 
land, which comprises his present place. 'iMo.st of that land vras in 
timber, and he had already contracted to clear off the woods and sell 
the timber before conckiding his purchase of the land. Witli the pro- 
ceeds of his timber he made his first payment, and from thai time to 
the presenthas steadily prospered until he is now owner of the one hun- 
dred and sixty acres comprising the original farm. Since then he has 
also added one hundred and twenty acres and is now owner of two hun- 
dred and eighty acres in Madison coujity. His success has been most 
honorably won and he deserves to stand in the front ranks cf Madison 
county farmers. 

In March, 1878, Mr. :\Ieyer married IMiss Mary Scnefeld. They 
have _ become the parents of ten children, namely' Joseph, who is 
married and has two children, Sylvanus and IMarie l Mary, who married 
Martin Goans and has five children named Blanch, Cecil, :Mervel Wil- 
liam, and Helen; William M., at home;. George, August, Carrie, Anna. 
Michael, Jr., Tillie, and Claire. 

Mr. Meyer is afGliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows 
at Rigdon, Indiana, and the family are church members and rake an 
active pa,rt in the Catholic church at Elwood, Indiana, and in benevo- 
lent aifairs. In politics he is a Democrat. As a farmer ha devotes 
much of his time and has made a great success in the raising of Hamp- 
shire hogs and Belgian horses. His stock raising is really his diversion, 
as well as his vocation, and he finds both profit and pleasure in man- 
aging the farm estate, which he has won as a result of his ovai hard 
work and intelligent management. 

Wakd K. Canaday. Born in the township of his present residence 
and on the farm which he now occupies and cultivates. Ward Canaday 
is one of the progressive young agriculturists of I\Iadison county, and 
at an early age has established himself solidly in the industrious and 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 625 

business enterprise of the coinitry, and is a man of infiuenee in his 
coninmnity. 

]\Ir. Ward K. Canaday was born on July 20, 18SG. on the farm of 
eighty acres, located on the south Douglas road, about throe and a half 
miles southeast of Ehvood. On this same place was born his father, the 
late Nathan Canaday. Nathan Canaday, who ^^'as one ci Madison 
county's prominent farmers, until his death a fev\' years Cigo, married 
Anna Connor, and their two children are Jessie and Ward. Nathan 
Canaday was first married to Elizabeth Ferguso)!, and the two chil- 
dren by that marriage were Vernon arid Roweua, the latter the wife of 
Otis Heck and the mother of one child, Maurice. 

• Ward Canaday was reared on the home farm, and as a boy attended 
the Canaday school in this vicinity. That school having taken its name 
from the family and representing the local proTninence of the family 
iu this vicinity. After leaving the common school he fini-hed his edu- 
cation at Elwood, and then for about six terms was engaged in teaching 
in this county. He then turned his energies to farming, and on the 
death of his father took the management of the honit estate. On 
August 14, 1907, he married Miss Dovie Waymire, daughier of David 
and Cynthia (Ring) Waymire. Her father David Wayuiiie came from 
Wayne county, Indiana, and was a son of John S. AVaynire, who was 
the founder of that family in Madison coimty. David Waymite spent 
his active career as a farmer, and was the father of four cl.ildren, whose 
names follow: John E., v.-ho married Carrie Jones and had one son 
named ITarland; Ernest, who nuiri'ied Lottie Bagley, ai^d their chil- 
dren are Okla and Arnold; Maud, the wife of Ed. Adair, a::d the mother 
of Lowell and Russell, and Mrs. Canaday. ^[r. and Mrs. Canada^' are 
the parents of two children, Helena and I-oral. The fan^ily worship in 
the Christian chureli, aiid ]\lr. Canaday is in politics a Democrat. 

Joseph R. Canaday. Madison county ha? many ni,;' farms and 
they are owned to a largo extent by membe'^'s of old ft-.-iiiii-oS of this 
section, in a number of cases the land having been acquire T b}- heritage. 
A wide stretch of 457 acres of fertile soil in one body lying about tv.'o 
miles from Anderson, is owned by Joseph R. Canaday and his father, 
Harrison Canaday. The latter also owns 400 acres in Lafa}"-tte township. 
Joseph R. Canaday, although now retired from active life, continues 
to be one of the influential citizens of his community and a man whose 
good management, natural ability and persevering industry have placed 
him in the front rank of this section's substantial residents. ^Ir. Canaday 
has resided in this section since his sixth year, and during his long resi- 
dence here has formed a wide acquaintance in agricultural circles, fairly 
earning the regard and esteem in which he is universally ueld. He was 
born August 24, 1859, between Richmond and Milton, in Wayne county, 
Indiana, and is a son of Harrison and Elizabeth (Howi\rd) Canaday. 
A review of his father's life appears on another page of this work. 

Joseph R. Canaday accompanied his parents to Madi-on county in 
1865, and his boyhood home was a small frame house situated not far 
from Anderson, although in later years the family ac'"£uired a more 
commodious and comfortable residence. As a lad he attended the old 
Dillon schoolhouse, and later supplemented this by atteiidanee at the 
school at College Corners, and in the meantime, like other farmers' sons 
of his day and locality, spent the spring, summer and fall months in the 
work of the homestead. He was thoroughly trained in all matters con- 



626 HISTORY OF ]VIADISON COUNTY 

sidered necessary for the successful agriculturist to know, proved an 
industrious workman and apt scholar, and when twenty-one years of 
age his father rewarded his persevering efforts by giving him charge of 
the homestead, where he embarked upon a career of his own. He is now 
the only representative of the family here, his one sister, Mrs. George 
Quick, being at present a resident of Indianapolis. ]\Ir. Canaday has 
been successful in his general fanning and stock raising operations, hav- 
ing brought his property to a high state of cultivation and always find- 
ing a ready market and top-notch prices for his cattle. He has been a 
firm believer in the use of modern machinery and methods, combiniog 
the practicality and sturdy industry of former years with the use of 
improved equipment and scientific treatment of this time, with exceed- 
ingly satisfactory results. His career has been one of steady advance- 
ment, marked by the strictest integrity, and as a reliable man of affairs 
his reputation is firmly established among his neighbors and business 
associates. 

Mr. Canaday was first married to ]\Iiss Lavina Coburn, daughter 
of Amos and Elizabeth (Stover) Coburn, and to this union there vrere 
born two children: Cora, v.ho marrieil Richard Powell, and is a resi- 
dent of Anderson; and Lovina, who married Claude lioney, and has one 
son, — Joseph. Mr. Canaday 's second marriage occurred October 3, 
1895, when he was united with iliss Dora Belle Cooper, daughter of 
Isaac and Mary E. (Hoel) Cooper, early settlers of Ixladison county, and 
well known agriculturists of Adams township. There were seven chil- 
dren in the Cooper family : Harry, who is deceased ; Dora Belle, who 
married Mr. Canaday; Cora, now Mrs. '^A^alker; Fannie, who married 
Mr. Fattick; ATalter; Ruby, now ^Mrs. Mitchell; and Frank. ^Nfr. and 
Mrs. Canaday have one son: George Harrison, a bright and interest- 
ing lad who is attending the public schools of Anderson. 

In addition to his farming operations, ^h\ Canada.y has bee", inter- 
ested in breeding Shetland ponies and has built up a large trade in this 
line. He has taken an active interest in political raatters, although 
not as an aspirant for public honors. With his family, he attends the 
Christian church, and at all times has given his support to its move- 
^ments. 

Edward Osborn. A member of the present Indiana legislature from 
Madison county, ]Mr. Edward Osboni represents the progressive farm- 
ing element and the substantial rural citizenship of iiis section of Indiana. 
He is himself a practical and successful farmer, has a large acquaintance 
and is very popular in his home county, and by experience and native 
ability is well fitted to represent the interest of his constituency in the 
legislature. 

Edward Osborn makes his home on 80 acres of fine land on the range 
line road in Pipe Creek township. He was born in Franklin count3% 
Indiana, May 6, 1859, a son of Thomas and Mary (Claypool) Osborn. 
Both parents are deceased and buried at Elwood, and the family has long 
been prominently known in this state. Mr. Osborn 's grandfather, Eedin 
Osborn was a pioneer of this state and one of the early members of the 
legislature. Mr. Osborn 's father was a California forty-niner, and came 
back home with a greater degree of wealth won on the gold coast than 
most of the adventurers who went out from this state during those days. 
Thomas Osborn, the father, was born at Brookville, Indiana, and with 
the exception of his California experience devoted practically all his 



HISTORY OP :VLA.D1S0N COUNTY 627 

life to blaeksmithiiig'. There were three children iu the family, and the 
other two are Cliarles Osborji at Elwood, and ]\lrs. Cora Brier. 

Edward Osborn as a boy was reared in his native county, where he 
attended the common sciiools, and he also attended Old Smithson College 
ill Cass county. On leaving school he skilled himself in the blacksmith 
trade, and worked at that for some years during his youth. When about 
twenty-four yeai's old he took up farming as his regular vocation, and 
by application of energy and good management has made a creditable 
record in this line. On May 31, ISS-i, he married ]\Iiss Emma Greenlee, 
daiighter of John and i^ngelina (Bartlow) Greenlee. Her father was 
originally from Pennsylvania, and first settled in Franklin county, 
Indiana, where j\Ir. Osborn was born. ]\Ii-s. Osborn was one in a family 
of eight children, the others being Leora, Clara, Cassius 31., Mollie, 
Flora, Mat tie, and Ida. Mrs. Osborn is a Methodist. 

Fraternally Mr. Osborn is a Mason, a member of the Blue Lodge and 
Chapter at Elwood, Indiana. One daughter was born to the marriage 
of Mr. and ~\lrs. Osborn— Bessie, who wedded Clarence Legg, and they 
reside in ^Madison county. The pretty estate of Mr. and ]^Irs. Osborn is 
one of the beautiful homes in Pipe Creek tov.-nship, and they are citizens 
who take much pleasure in the entertainment of their many friends. Mr. 
Osborn is a popular man amongst his colleagues in. the halls of legisla- 
ture, and reflects credit on his home county of Madison. 

C. R. Wright, 31. D. For more than tv.enty years an active physi- 
cian of Madison county, possessing the ability and skill which bring suc- 
cess in this profeiision, Dr. AVright has a splendid practice at Frank- 
ton and vicinity and is known among hundreds of families throughout 
this community, as both a kindly and able doct«'r and a friend and good 
counsellor. Dr. Wright began his career without Vv'ealtli or influence, 
earned his way through mediccil college, and since beginnirig practice 
has enjoyed all the features of success. 

C. R. Wright was born November IS, loG2, in Burlington, Iowa, 
where his parents William T. and Ellen (Sumpter) Wright were resi- 
dents for a few years. The father was a prosperous farmer, a native of 
Fayetto county, Indiana, and spent about two years in the west, after 
which he returned to Union county, and then came to Madison 
county, locating in Jackson township. He owed a valuable farm, and 
was recognized as a substantial and hoaorable citizen in all his relations 
with the community. There were tliree children in the family. Dr. C. 
R., Flora, and James H. Wright. Dr. Wright attended the common 
schools, and then attained a certificate and taught school in the districts 
of Jackson and ]Monroe township of 3Iadison county, and by this means 
he had earned enough money to see him through school, and took a pre- 
paratory course in the Central Normal College at Danville, and then 
entered the Indianapolis Medical school, where he was graduated M. D» 
in 1888. The first year of his practice was at Windfall, Indiana, in 
Tipton county, where he attended his fii*st regular patient. The follow- 
ing year was spent at Linwood, and from there he moved to Frankton, 
and established an office which he has maintained now for more than 
twenty years. 

Dr. Wright was married in February, 1891, to Miss Anna ]Morning- 
star, whose father was a farmer originally from Morgan county. The 
two children of the doctor and wife are 3Iary and Julius. The family 
belong to the Presbyterian church, and take a very prominent part in 



628 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

all church affairs. The doctor is affiliated with the Blue Lodge of 
Masonery, and is connected with various medical organizations. Mis. 
Wright passed away in January, 190G, and is buried in Maplewood 
cemetery near Anderson. 

Thomas J. Kixg. One of the successful farmers and a citizen alvsays 
held in high esteem was the late Thomas J. King, v/ho died at his home 
in Pipe Creek township, Mareli 10, 1912. The late ^.Ir. King v/as a 
man of thorough industry, knew how to apply his energies to tbe com- 
plicated tasljs of farming, with the best results, and in all his relations 
he stood honorably toward his connnunity. 

The late Thonias J. King was born in a log cabin on the home farm 
which he occupied at the time of his death, on January- 30, 1858. He 
was a son of AVasliington and Elizabeth (Howard) King. The Howard 
family came to Indiana from North Carolina. Washington King, the 
father, was a son of William King, wiio came to Indiana from the state 
of Ohio. The parents had the following children: "William, Joseph, 
Rinda, Catherine, Barry, and P>ank, (who were twins), Thomas J., 
Margaret, Jonathan, Daniel, and Ozro. 

Born in the old log house which before the war v,-as the home of the 
King family in Pipe Creek township, Thomas J. Kirig grew up in tins 
locality, and for his education attended what was known as the King 
school house. His attendance at school was alternated with work on 
the farm, and he was a farmer all his life. On the day he was uiarried 
he moved his residence to a portion of the old homestead farm., renting 
land, and thus beginning his career. 

Mr. King married ^larcli 8, 1883, Miss Eliza J. Johnson, a daughter 
of Penn and Eliza (Wilborn) Johnson. The father came froiu North 
Carolina, and for many years was a farmer near Elwood. The seve:^ 
children in the Johnson fannly included Mrs. King, the oldest; AVil- 
liam, Lewis, Harley, Rindy, Catherine and Eliza. The four cl'dldrc 
born to Mr. and Mrs. King are mentioned as f ollov.s : Rose, v,-hc ^'.oddrd 
W. R. Johnson, is the mother of four children, Hessel, Russell, Lucia 
and Helen, the last named being deceased; Floy, who is sirigle and 
lives at home; Willard;'and Arthur, who is a school boy. The .son, 
Willard, manages the home farm of one hundred and twenty-thrt^f^ 
acres, and has his home in a house located a short distance below that 
of his mother. He rents the place and is a very progressive and Indus 
trious agriculturist. Willard King wedded Miss Flossie Little April 
5, 1913. She comes from one of the good families of ]Madison counry 
and received a good education, both in the public and high school. The 
King family is one whicli commands the respect and esteem of all who 
have the pleasure of their friendship. Their home is in a pretty cot- 
tage and is the abode of hospitality. The late IMr. King was aulliated 
with the Masonic Order and the Knights of Pythias, and the family 
all worship in. the Methodist church. 

James W. Carlton. The owner of eighty acres of fine land on what 
is known as the East Coon Valley Road, and on rural route No. 33 out 
of Elwood, James AV. Carlton is one of the prosperous and progressiva 
farmers of Pipe Creek township, and has spent practically all his lif^' 
in Madison county. 

He was born on a farm in this county September 14, 1862, a son ot 
Robert and Lavonia (Atwell) Carlton, he being the only child of the 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 629 

parents. He i-eceived his education in the Coon Valley school, and 
iroiu early boyhood worked on a farm and learned its duties. 

Mr. Carlton has been twice married, first to Miss Dora Etehisou, 
(laughter of Richard and Amanda (Carter) Etchison and to this mar- 
riage were born two children — Mayne and Mayme L. Mr. Carlton's 
second marriage was to Mrs. Alice (Cunningham) Jeffries, a daughter 
of Samuel and Dorcas E. (Nance) CunniDgham. By her first mar- 
riage to Mr. Jeffries, there \vas born a daughter, Levada, and she is liv- 
ing in Pipe Creek township. Mrs. Carlton's father was a native of 
Xorth Carolina and was one of the prosperous agriculturists of iMonroe 
township. They also had one son, by name Andrew J., the brother of 
Mrs. Carlton. Mr. Carlton is a member of the United Brethren church, 
but his father was in sympathy with the Christian church. Politically 
he is a Progressive Republican and in a fraternal sense is an honored 
member of the Knights of Pythias, and the ^lodern "Woodmen of America, 
and Mrs. Carlton was a Pythian Sister. She is ai] affable lady and is 
an able factor in making her home one of the pleasant and peaceful 
abodes. Mr. and IMrs. Carlton have the good will and esteem of the 
people of Pipe Creek township. 

Abraham R. Procter. Amor.g the successful Madison county farm- 
ers of the present day, probably none has won his prosperity by more 
thorough reliance upon his individual efforts and by a more complete 
process of industry, self-denial, and thrifty management than Abraham 
R. Procter. M'^r. Procter is nov7 regarded as one of the most substantial 
stock men and farmers in the northern part of the county and is owner 
of one hundred and sixty acres of good land in Pipe Creek and Duck 
Creek townships. 

Mr. Procter was born xVpril 3, 18G3, in Franklin county, Indiana, 
a son of John and Eli/.abeth (Shockley) Procter. The paternal grand- 
father came to Indiana from Nevr Jersey, locating in I'ranklin county, 
where John Procter was born. The children of John Procter and wife 
numbered eight, the following four being now living: India, Thomas, 
Harvey and Abraham R. 

Mr. Procter enjoyed his early schooling in Franklin county and 
was a worker on the home farm all the time he attended school. When 
he started out on his own account it was as a renter, and on a very 
small sciile at that, but with every year since his beginning his resources 
have increased, and he can say that every dollar he owns was made by 
his honest efforts. Mr. Procter moved to Madison county on i\Iareh 4, 
1896, and rented a portion of his present farm. He later bought a 
part of the land, and has gradually increased it until he is now the 
owner of one hundred and sixty acres and has placed practically all 
the modern improvements upon the estate. 

On February 9, 1888, Mr. Procter married Miss Anna Dare of 
Franklin cotmty, and a daughter of James and' Ruthana (DuBois) 
Dare. The four children born to their marriage are as follows : Roscoe, 
now bookkeeper for the Washburn-Crosby Company at Cleveland, 
Ohio; Blanch, the wife of Ed AtcCord; Harry and Elzie, both at home. 
Mr. Procter is independent in politics, and he and his family are attend- 
ants of the Methodist church. 

Wilfred Sellers, secretary, treasurer and m^anager of the kitchen 
cabinet manufacturing couipany of G. I. Sellers &. Sons, at Thirteenth 



630 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

aud North Carolina streets, Ehvood, belongs to that type of suocessl'u: 
business men who have risen to the top through hard work and con- 
scientious application to the duties given them to perform. The abilit.-- 
to rise, meet and master situations spells success, and thus Mr. Seiicra 
has steadily fought his way to the front rank, overcoming obstacles by 
the sheer force of his own resource and capacity. He is a native of the 
Hoosier State, and was born at Kokomo, May 10, 188-1, a son of Geor'-e 
I. and Rebecca (Kellar) Sellers. 

Alfred P. Sellers, the paternal grandfather of Wilfred Sellers, was 
a carpenter by trade and an early settler of Howard county, being the 
builder of the barracks at Kokomo. There he passed away advanced 
in years, as did also his wife, who had borne the maiden name of ^Im-y 
Cole. They were the parents of the following children : Lev.is, John, 
William, George Ira, Alice, Flora, Cora, Elizabeth and Mattie. ]Mr. 
Sellers' maternal grandfather was William H. Kellar, a native of 
Kentucky and an early settler of Howard county, Indiana, where lie 
conducted a sawmill aud was also engaged in farming. He died at the 
age of sixty-five years, wliile his wife, who had been formerly ^lis? 
Garr, of Kentucky, survived him a long time and passed to her find 
rest when eighty-six years old. They bad children as follows: Mary, 
Lewis, Hite, Edward, Kate, Charles, and Rebecca. 

George Ira Sellers was born iu Hovv^ard county, Indiana, and there 
received his education, following which he learned the trade of car- 
penter with his fatlier. He later turned his attention to specializing 
in stair-building, and while thus engaged formed the idea of manu- 
facturing kitchen cabinets. This business he started in a small v/ay 
at Kokomo, in 1888, and the excellence of the prodact soon gained il 
a wide sale, the Vv'orking force of the plant growing rapidly from 
twenty-five to one hundred and thirty skilled mechanics. In 1905 the 
Kokomo plant was destroyed by fire, and in December of that year Mr. 
Sellers came to Elwood and purchased the plant of the Elwood Furni- 
ture Company, which he remodeled to suit his own business, and here 
he continued to be actively engaged until liis death, September 19, 1909, 
when his widow succeeded him as president of the concern. A business 
man of the old school, who believed that strict honesty and integrity 
. were the surest mediums through which to attain success, aud proved 
it, Mr. Sellers had the fullest confidence and respect of his business 
associates. He was possessed of a mind fertile in resources, means and 
expedients, and was never at a loss for a course to pursue. The Chris- 
tian Church knew him as a liberal supporter, his adopted town as a 
public-spirited citizen, his acquaintances as a loyal friend, and his 
family as a kind husband and indulgent father, while the business 
worlcf lost in his death one who had been steadfast in maintaining high 
principles. He and his wife, who was also born in Howard county, 
Indiana, were the parents of six children, as follows: Ellena G., who 
is the widow of James Parsons, of Elwood; Ida B., who is the wife of 
Harry Hale, of Fairfield, Indiana; Wilfred; Mary E., who is the 
wife of Henry Striker, of Elwood; Charles E., residing at Fort Wayne. 
Indiana ; and George L., of Kokomo. 

On completing his studies in the public schools of Kokomo, Wilfred 
Sellers entered his father's factory, thoroughly learnirig every detail of 
the extensive business, from the bottom rung of the ladder to the top. 
When the Elwood business was founded, he was admitted to partr-er- 
ship with his father, and became secretary, treasurer and manager of 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 631 

the finn, jiositions he has continued to occupy to the present time. _ He 
has inherited much of his father's mechanical genius and business 
;,bilitj, and is known as one of the leading business men of the younger 
ireneration here, having sho^\^l himself eminently capable to handle the 
Farse interests of the manufacturing plant. In addition, he is the 
inventor of an ant-proof castor and is now acting in the capacity of 
manager of the Sanitary Castor Company, at Elwood. Tliese have met 
with a large sale, while the famous Sellers kitchen cabinets have estab- 
lished a market in almost every large city in the United States and 

Canada. ^, . . „ 

On October 21, 1909, Mr. Sellers was married to Miss Marjorie l . 
Shoemaker, daughter of William and :\lary E. (Young) Shoemaker, 
and to this union there has been born one daughter: ^lary Rebecca. 
Mrs. Sellers is a member of the Presbyterian church, and is popular in 
religious and social circles of Elwood. Mr. Sellers is a Democrat in 
political matters, but has not sought public office. His fraternal con- 
nections are with Quincy Lodge No. 230, V. & A. M., the Elks and tiie 
Knights of Pythias, in all of v/hieh he has numerous friends. 

Alexander Wise. A large farm of four hundred acres partly iu 
Lafayette and partly in Pipe Creek township represents the business 
enterprise of Alexander Wise, one of the oldest native citizens of ]\Iadi- 
son countv, and one vdio has spent practically a lifetime of efforts m 
the cultivation of the soil. As a farmer he has won material^ prosper- 
ity, and at the same time has lived with honor in all his relations v/ith 
his communitv and fellov>- citizens. 

Alexander' Wise was born August 2, 1838, in :\Iadison county, and 
was a son of John and Harriet (:\rcClintock) Wise. His father, Jolm 
Wise, was originally from the state of Virginia, and was only a boy 
himself when he accompanied his father, Martin Wise, grandfather of 
Alexander, to the middle West. John Wise grew up and took up the 
occupation of farmer, acquired a large estate, and finally passed away, 
enjoying the respect and esteem of a large circle of friends. The chu- 
dr'en in°his family are mentioned as follows : IVIartin, deceased ; IMary, 
deceased; Elizabeth, deceased; Alexander, Jennie, William, Samantha, 
wife of Noah Eine, and :\Iargaret, wife of George Schuyler. . 

Alexander Wise as a boy attended the public schools in Perkins- 
ville, and throughout the period of his school attendance he^was also 
engaged in the experiences and duties of the home farm. In 1850, on the 
24th° of November, he married Hannah :\LOore, a daughter _ ot 
John Moore. The eight children of ^^Ir. Wise and wife are: William 
H who is married and has two children; Jennie, wife of Joseph Love; 
Sarah, who is the Avife of J. Swain, and has three children ; Rose wife 
of Albert Wilburn, and the mother of three children; Grace; Myrtle, 
who is married and has four children ; John, who is married and has 
three children; and Martin, who is married and has three children. 
Mr Wise is one of the old members of the IMethodist church m Pipe 
Creek township. On his farm he is engaged in the raising of stock, and 
has built up an estate which is an honor and credit to his township. 

Mr. Wise is one of Indiana's grand old men and he has a double 
record— a record as an honest, and successfrd citizen and a soldier's 
record He enlisted in the 142nd I. V. I. and served his county as a 
•soldier under the grand old general, "Pap" Thoma.s, whom the boys 
in blue" would follow into the jaws of death. His term of service lasted 



632 HISTORY OF jMADISON COUxNTY 

nine months, when he received his honorable discharge and returu,:,] 
to his home, to again don the civilian's garb. ]\lr. Wise is quoted in \i\^ 
locality, among his many friends as one of the "Prince of the Pionoei.,'^ 
of old ^Madison county. 

W.iLTER E. Werking has been connected with the Nicholson Fi!- 
Company for the past twenty years and during this time has worki.J 
his way steadily up from the position of shipping clerk to that of 
office manager of this progressive Anderson concern. Such a record i.s 
ample evidence of his steady perseverance and close application to tho 
details of the business, and his able management of this line of tljt- 
business stamps him as one of the alert and energetic business men ut 
the city. Mr. Werking is a native son of IMadison county, having be..ii 
born in the village of Pendleton, March 13, 1873, the ojdy living son of 
James H. and Elizabeth K. (Jackson) Werking. 

James H. Werking was born in 1842, in Indiana, and was reareJ 
and educated in this state. At the outbreak of the Civil war h.- 
answered his country's call for volunteers by enlisting in Company I, 
Thirty-sixth Regiment, Indiaiia Volunteer Infantry, and served faitli- 
fully and valiantly with that organization during four 3'ears and six 
months, receiving his honorable discharge witii an excellent record. At 
the close of his military career, he entered business life at Pendleton, 
and subsequently came to Anderson, and is still a resident of this city, 
although he is iiow living a retired life. Mr. Werking married ^Ii?s 
Elizabeth K. Jackson, who was born near Chillicoilie, Ohio, and sht- 
died in 1901. 

Walter R. Werking was a small lad when brought to Anderson ])y 
his parents, and his education was secured in the public and high 
schools of this city. On graduating from the latter he secured employ- 
ment with the Nicholson File Company, in 1893, in the capacity of 
shipping clerk, and has continued to remain Vv'ith this company to rhe 
present time, repeated promotions having advanced him to the posi- 
tion of office manager. He is thoroughly familiar with every detail of 
the business, and his good judgment, sagacity and executive ability 
have done nuich to extend the trade of his firm. 

- On October 10, 1900, Mr. Werking was united in marriage with 
Miss Dinnie E. Palmer, of Anderson, a daughter of Clarkson Palmer, 
an old and highly esteemed resident of this city. Mr. and Mrs. Werk- 
ing have one child. They have a neat modern residence at No. 182(j 
IVCeridiau street. Mr. Werking is a prominent Mason, belonging to 
Fellowship Lodge. No. 65, F. & A. M., to Anderson Royal Arch Cliap- 
ter, to xVnderson Commandery, and to Murat Temple of the iMystic 
Shrine, Indianapolis, and is also a Scottish Rite ]\Iason. He is als^ 
well known to the members of the Independent Order of Odd Ftdlows, 
holding membership in Anderson Lodge, No. 131, and Star Encamp- 
ment, No. 84. During his long residence in Anderson he has -ever 
shown himself willing to co-operate with earnest public-spirited citizens 
in forwarding movements for the benefit of the city and its people, 
although his participation in politics has been confined to that of any 
good citizen interested in his community's growth and development. 
He has a wide acquaintance among business men and many v*T.rui 
friends throughout the city. 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 633 

Fred T. BARBf:R. It is to a large degree to the self-made meu of 
Madison county that this section owes its present prosperity; to those 
men wlio, starting life without financial assistance or influential frieuds, 
have worked their own way to the front, placing themselves by the 
sheer force of their energy and perseverance among the successful men 
of their communities. An exampde of self-made manhood is found in 
tJie career of Fred T. Barber, president and general manager of the 
Barber Manufacturing Company, at Anderson. Embarking upon his 
struggle with life when a lad of sixteen years, he has steadily fought 
his way upward, overcoming such obstacles as have presented them- 
selves, always with a well-defined course in view, until today he is 
recognized as one of the substantial and influential business men of his 
adopted city and a force to be reckoned with in matters of a commercial 
nature. AVhile he has been busily engrossed with the duties pertaining 
to the management of a rapidly-growing enterprise, ^Ir. Barber has 
found time also to discharge the responsibilities which every Inrge com- 
munity places upon its influential men, and in positions of public trust 
has ably and conscientiously served his fellow-citizeiTS, tluis materially 
advancing the public welfare. 

Fred T. Barber was born upon a farm in Hunterdon county, New 
Jersey, October 1, 1859, and is a son of George II and Jane (VanCamp) 
Barber. His father died when Fred T. was but eigliteen months of 
age, but the mother managed to keep her family together and to give 
her children good connuon school advantages. Fred T. Barber spent a 
part of his boyhood in v/orking on the farm, in the meantime attending 
the public schools, and when sixteen years of age found employment as 
a clerk in a general store located on the banks of the Delaware river. 
There he continued foui- years, thus earning the means whereby be 
could pursue a supplementary course in the Capitol City Commercial 
College, Trenton, New Jeisey, and so thoroughly did he master the 
details of the curriculum that after two years he was employed as a 
teacher in that institution. Following this, he re-entered busiiiess life 
as an employe of a wholesale grocery concern at Trenton, where he 
remained four years, and resigned to take a position with the Trenton 
Spring Mattress Co., as manager in their New York office, and from 
there was transferred to Chicago to take charge of their branch factory 
located there, where he gained experience that proved of great value 
to him in later years. In 1894 Ivlr. Barber made his advent in Ander- 
son, where he became the organizer and promoter of a concern kiiown 
as the Barber Manufacturing Company, which was incorporated under 
the same name during the following year, with Mr. Barber as presi- 
dent and general manager. This company manufactures bed, daven- 
port, chair and carriage springs, and all kinds of springs used in seats 
of any kind. The output of the factory is shipped to all points in the 
United States, and meets with a large sale in Australia, under special 
order. Mr. Barber has been the directing head of this large enter- 
prise since its inception, and his management of its affairs places him 
in an acknowledged position among his adopted city's most able busi- 
ness men. He has so directed its policies that the concern has the high- 
est commercial standing, while his own known integrity lias added to its 
prestige. 

In 1895 Mr. Barber was married to ]\Iiss Idn Wilson, of Trenton, 
New Jersey, a daughter of Capt. John A. Wilson, who has been a Dela- 
ware river captain for the past thirty-six years.- Onis son has been born 



634 HISTORY 01^ MADISON COUNTY 

to this union : Wilson, a student of the Anderson High school, aged 
sixteen years. IMr. Barber has ever shown a coniaiendable interest in 
all matters pertaining to the welfare of Anderson, and has not hesi- 
tated to perform the duties of citi^^enship. At different times a mem- 
ber of the Democratic Central Committee, he has been active in the suc- 
cess of his party in this city, and is now repi-esenting the Second "Ward 
in the city council, of which body he is president, and is a member 
of the board of public works. His influence has always been on the 
side of progress and improvement, and his services to his city have 
been untiring. Fraternally, he is connected with Anderson Lodge, No. 
209, B. P. 0. E., of which he is exalted ruler. 

Chestp:r H. Anderson. One of the young citizens of IMadisou 
county v/ho are exponents of the modern science of farming, and who 
have applied business methods and science to their industry is Chester 
H. Anderson of Fall Creek township. He is a young man of less tlian 
thirty years, but iri his ability and in the quality of his work ranli.s 
among the leaders of agriculture and live stock producers in his section 
of the county. Chester II. Anderson was born on a farm in Fall Creek 
township on November 2-5, I8S5, and is a son of A. C. and Caroline J. 
(Heacock) Anderson. There were two children in the family; his 
sister Stella is the wife of E. D. Allen, a resident of Pendleton. Mr. 
Anderson spent his boyhood on a farm, and graduated first from the 
district schools, and then from the Pendleton High School with the 
class of 1904, being then eighteen years of age. He became a student 
at Purdue University, where he was in the Agricultural Department, 
and thus well equipped, returned to his home county to begin his 
practical career as a farmer. On December 19, 1908, he married Uulu 
B. Clark, who was born in Pendleton, October 20, 13SG, a daughter of 
Albert and Mary (McKee) Clark, who received her education in the 
common schools, being a graduate from the higii school in the same 
class with Mr. Anderson. After their marriage he moved to a farm 
one mile west of Pendleton and with the aid of his thrifty and ambitious 
young wife he began his practical career. Two children have been l.'.jrn 
to their marriage, Mary E., on ^Nlay 4, 1910, and Paul C, on July 22, 
1913. INIr. Anderson is a member of the Friends church, while his wife 
belongs to the Methodist denomination. He is affiliated ^vith Pendleton 
Lodge, No. 88, I. 0. 0. F., and in politics is an Independent. Mr. Ander- 
son in his farming operations makes a specialty of Registered Duroc Jer- 
sey hogs and Jersey cattle and raises them for the market and also for 
breeding purposes. He also has some Percheron horses. He uses good 
judgment in all his work, and has made profit where many farmers 
have succeeded only in making a living. Mr. Anderson is one of the 
young energetic farmers of Madison county whose impress will be left 
behind him in the agricultural world. 

Edwin Lukens. Beginning his career as a farmer, Edwin Lukens 
spent ten years as a prosperous street contractor in Anderson, from 
which he eventually reverted to the farm and has since continued in 
the successful operation of one of the attractive places in Anderson 
township. His place today shov/s the care and cultivation of a man 
who undtn-stands the business of farming in its every detail, and is 
undeniably one of the fine farm spots of the community. Three genera- 
tions of Lukenses have farmed in jMadison county, the first of the family 



HISTOKY OF JMADISON COUNTY 635 

to establish his home hereabout being William Lukens, the father of 
Benjamin Lukens and the grandfather of Edwin Lukens. The name is 
thus in no wise an unfamiliar one to the old residents of the county, 
and is one that has long been honored and esteemed among the best 
citizenship of the district. 

Edwin Lukens was born on October 15, 1864, on the old Shaul 
farm near the town of Pendleton, and he is the son of Benjamin and 
Susan (Haines) Lukens. The father was a native son of Madison 
county and was here reared and passed his life. Edv/in Lukens was 
his first born child, the others being as follows : William A., a resident 
of Fall Creek township; Mrs. Mattie Darlington, and Benjamin N. 
Lukens, of Indianapolis. 

As a boy in his home community Edwin Lukens attended the dis- 
trict school in Stony Creek township, as well as the Boot Jack school, 
so called because of its unfortunate location in a swamp of so exceed- 
ingly hungry a nature that when the boys plunged into it upon what- 
ever pretext the suction was great ejiough to pull their boots from their 
feet in their efforts to disentangle themselves. School conditions there 
were in common with those existing in other parts of the country in the 
early years following the war, and it ma}' readily be understood that 
his education was not of the highest order. However, ]Mr. Lukens as 
a boy was well versed in the matter of farm work, and was continu- 
ously employed upon the home farm until he reached the age of twenty- 
one, when he established himself upon a forty acre tract in Fall Creek 
township. He spent three years there, and in 1892 came to Anderson 
where he became interested in the business of street contracting, 
cement work at that time just beginning to come into use. For ten 
years he continued successfully, but at the end of that time he decided 
to return to the farm. He accordingly bought his present place, con- 
sisting of one hundred acres of fertile soil on the Muneie road, about 
one mile distant from the limits of Anderson. Here Mr. I^ikens has 
occupied himself witli farming, and his place has reached a high degree 
of productiveness with the passing years. The place is one that is v/ell 
kept up, with suitable buildings of every kind, and a first class silo 
attests the progressive ideas of the proprietor at the same time. A 
practical farmer in the main, Mr. Lukens is one who is ever willing to 
embrace a new idea in farming, when the same is supported by rea- 
sonable arguments, and he is deeply interested in the Farmers' Institute. 
As a stock man, he is one who is quoted widely in Madison county, and 
his success in that branch is worthy of commendation. 

On February 23, 1886, Mr. Lukens married ]\Iary Rogers, the daugh- 
ter of Levi and Emily (Dobson) Rogers. Levi Rogers, it may be said 
at this point, was a native of Chester county, Pennsylvania, and was 
a farmer and carpenter. After he settled in Pendleton, Indiana, he 
devoted himself for the most part to the building business, and there 
ended his days. Three children were born to Mr. and INIrs. Rogers, — 
Mary, the wife of Mi-. Lukens; Fannie Boorman and Edwin, who is 
deceased. 

Mr. and ]\Irs. Lukons became the parents of four children. Alice, 
the first born, married Frank Rodecap; ^fyron, the second, is unmar- 
ried; Herman married Eva Ray; and Hortense married Ellsworth 
Rodecap. 

The family were at one time members of the Friends church, but 



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HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 



have in later years been ideutified with the Christiau church, in whose 
activities thyy have borne praiseworthy parts. 

Washington B.' Knopp. It is the province of biography to tr..at 
with those busy toilers in the affairs of life who form thf true strength 
of communities and of nations, for it is the men who are successful and 
enterprising in agriculture and commerce that brmg advancement and 
prosperity °to their country. A large proportion of this class of men 
appreciate the value of their success the more in that it has been gamed 
by their own efforts. In .Madison county are found many citizens who 
have been the architects of their own fortunes, but it is doubtlul if 
there can be discovered many instances where this has been so strikiug.y 
true as in the career of Washington B. Knopp, who is now the owner 
of a valuable tract of 162 acres on the Wesley Chapel Eoad, about eight 
miles from Anderson in Eichland township. A brief rcviev; or his 
career will show that he has at all times been industrious and perse- 
vering, and that true success may be gained without the initial aavau- 
tages of wealth or influential friends. ^ 

Washington B. Knopp was born in 1SG2, m Roan county, A est 
Virginia, a son of Jesse and May J. (Wiblin) Knopp. He was but a 
child when his fatlier brought the family to :},iadison county, and nere 
the elder man continued to carry on operations near x eriiinsvnle, on a 
valuable farm, during the remainder of his career. He had a fan'i.^y 
of thirteen e'aildren, of whom eight are still living, as toliows : V ictoria, 
Josie, Matilda, William, Washington, Gideon, Je^se, and v^hartes. ^ \^ asu- 
inc^to'i B Knopp secured his education in the district scnools ox Macii- 
son county, and during his entire school period assisted his father iti 
the work of the home hwm. as he did also after compxetmg his Studies. 
On attaining manhood, he started to work on neighboring larms tor a 
salary of fifteen dollars ner month, but after about si.k months enterea 
a c^rocery store as clerk, a position which he filled but a short time. ^He 
also had some experience in railroad work, but eventualiy_ rfiurneu to 
the occupation of his forefathers, the tillii^g of the soil, satisfied that m 
^ that line lay his best opportunity for success. During all this time ne 
had thriftily saved his earnings, and in 1SS5, with some monev bor- 
rowed from his father, he bought a tract of eighty acres oi land m Boone 
township. This property was in poor condition, but Mr. Knopp 
improved it in various ways, put it in a good state of cultivation ana 
eventually traded it for the property formerly- owned by James ^urK- 
ner Here he has added to his property from time to time, untn He at 
present is the owner of one of the best properties m the township, Doast- 
ino- of modern improvements of every kind and buildings ot hanasome 
architectual design and substantial character. In one piece he has put 
in 1 540 rods of tiling, in itself a task of no mean size, and his fane ne;>^ 
two-story home is a credit to his industry and to the community m 
which he lives. His general farming and stock raising operations have 
been successful, but that has been no more than was expected tor 
he has labored faithfully and assiduously and his labors have been 
intelli'^entlv directed. Among his neighbors and business associates, 
he is known as a man who is to be relied upon in business matters,^ wlio 
is loyal as a friend, and who is at all times ready to assist ms lexiov.- 
citizens in movements tending to advance his community. It is sucn 
men that form the bone and sinew of a township or a staie and uno 
are representative of the best type of American agriculturist. 



HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 637 

Ou August 26, 1886, Mr. Knopp was married to Miss Angeline 
l)yson, daughter of Richard and Martha (Gaither) Dyson, natives of 
Xurtb Carolina, the former of whom is deceased, while the latter makes 
her home with her daughter and son-in-law. Mr. and Mrs. Knopp have 
juid eight children : Estella, who married Orlift'e Hunt, and has tvv'o 
children, — Lester and Otis ; Frank, educated in Richland and Boone 
townships, and now manager of the home farm, who married Rose 
Ilirschel and has one son, — Marvin; John, who is deceased; and Walter, 
Mattie, William, Edna and Ruth, all of whom reside at home with their 
j.arents. The family attends the Church of God. 

Oliver Broadbent, ]\I. D. In the death of Dr. Oliver Broadbeut, 
which occurred at his home, six and one-half miles northeast of the 
city of Anderson, Indiana, June 3, 1910, the Anderson townsLip medi- 
cal fraternity lost one of its pioneer members, a man who for forty- 
tive years had been a worthy representative of all that was best in his 
uoble calling. His was a life full of usefulness to his fello«'-meu, a 
career which covered more than four decades of administeriisg to the 
ills of mankind, and although his labors have ceased the memory of 
his deeds reniains, for numerous residents of his former scene of t-ndeavor 
have ample reason to keep him in grateful remembrance. Dr. Broad- 
bent was born in Union county, In.diana, July 23, 1811, a son of Robert 
and Lucy (Preston) Broadbent. His father came to the United States 
from England as a boy and was for yea,rs engaged in the woolen mill 
business. There were seven children in the family : Robert, Stephen, 
Elizabeth, John, Cyrus, Charles and Oliver, all now being deceased. Of 
these Stephen Broadbent was the operator of a wool factory at Broad- 
bent's ford about a C[uarter of a century ago. 

Oliver Broadbent received his early education in the comm-au schools, 
and early manifested a desire to enter the medical profession. As a 
means to this end he became an employe in his father's woolen mill, 
and after carefully saving his earnings for several years wss able to 
enter IMianii University, at Oxford, where he was duly graduated. Fol- 
lowang this he studied medicine for some time at Cincinnati,, and then 
entered upon the practice of his profession at Marion, Indiana, later 
removing to Chesterfield, where for some years he was engaged in prac- 
tice in partnership with Dr. Dunham. About the year 1805, Doctor 
Broadbent located in Richland township, and in connection v/ith his 
medical practice commenced farming, adding to his land from time to 
time until he had accumulated two hundred acres of valuable property 
and developed one of the finest country homes in this section. 

Doctor Broadbent was married to iliss Sarah I. Nelson, daughter of 
I. and Leah (Wigner) Nelson, prominent people of Madison county, 
and to this union there were born seven children : Clara, who is deceased, 
also one who died in infancy ; Hattie, who married Will Vermillion ; 
Merta, who became the wife of Homer Eshelman; Effie, who is the 
wife of John Walters; iVIary, who married Gideon Johns; and Chester, 
who married Miss AVhelchel, and resides on his farm in Richland town- 
ship. ]\Irs. Broadbent survives her riusband and resides cu the home- 
stead, on Anderson Rural Route" No. 1. 

Doctor Broadbent was a Republican in his political views, but his 
interest therein was only that taken by every good citizen. With his 
family, he attended the Methodist Episcopal church, while his fraternal 
connections were limited to the organizations of his profession, in the 



638 HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY 

work of which he took an active and intelligent interest. Until j 
by the illness that eventually brought about his death, Do^;tor 
bent was ever ready to answer the call of suifering mankind. . 
was too late or too early; no weather was too inclement; all tho 
self or personal interests was at once thrust aside when his i 
were needed. Doubtless tlie strain incurred by this abandon 
hastened his final sickness. As a business man he was as succe; 
in his profession. He evidenced his versatility by becoming s 
perous in agriculture as in medicine, while as a citizen none 1 
welfare of the connuunity more thoroughly at heart. He left 
children not only material wealth, but the priceless heritage of ; 
orable and honored name. 

The following extract is copied from an Anderson newspapei 
the day following his death: "Dr. Oliver Broadbent, one of tlie 
physicians of this county, and a resident of Richland township 
past forty-five years, died yesterday afternoon at two o'clock 
home, six and one-half miles northeast of this city. Deatli was 
heart disease, from which he has been a sufferer for the past 
five years. He was sitting in his chair yesterday when he rec 
severe and final attack. He was found in the chair in a sort oi 
by Mrs. Broadbent some minutes later, the v;ife having just r 
from a trip to this city. Dr. Lee Hunt was summoned but before 
arrived Dr. Broadbent had breathed his last. He had been prt 
bedfast for the past year but his death came as a surprise to his 
and relatives. The funeral will be held Monday at ten o'elo^; 
services in the Bethany church. Burial will occur in the 
cemetery. " 

Georgk Hartzell. Madison county is largely agricultural, 
thriving towns, its numerous manufactories, its schools and c! 
prove that a vigorous life underlies any activity, although heri^ 
where, dependence is necessarily placed upon tlie products of t 
and the labors of those who develop it. No matter how men maj 
how much they may achieve in any direction, they must all be i 
it is the farmer, in the backgrouuil, who turns the wheels, who s 
seas, who fights the battles, and who provides for the survival 
in "the passing of the torch." Happily, there are in JMadison 
contented owners of land who intelligeiitly and Vv-illingly carry 
peaceful pursuits of agriculture and, although they do not seek 
term of approbation, are, nevertheless, benefactors of mankind 
are often men of wide information on many subjects, usually <. 
qualified for offices of public service, for the proper cultivatioi 
soil and a realization of its utmost yield, require knowledge o 
subjects. It is in this class of public-spirited and intelligent 
that is found George Hartzell, of Anderson township, the owl 
finely-cultivated tract of sixty acres located on the Main strei 
about two miles from the city of Anderson, and a resident of . 
county for upwards of sixty years. Mr. Hartzell was born i; 
gomery county, Ohio, in 1S4G, and is the oldest of the children of 
and Plarriet (Wertz) Hartzell. 

Joseph Hartzell was born, reared, educated a ad married i 
and there followed farming until 1352, in which year he broi, 
family to Madison county, locating in Anderson township, n 
city, where he passed the remaining years of his active career in ' 



HISTORY OF i\L\DISON COUNTY 639 

suits of agriculture. George Hartzell was a child of but six years when 
he accompanied his parents to Anderson township, and here he received 
his education in the district schools during the winter terms, which were 
usually about three months in duration, and with the commencement of 
spring again took up his duties on the home farm, which he continued 
until the following winter. Thus he passed his whole school period, and 
on completing his studies he took up the work of an agriculturist, which 
he has followed to the p>resent time, with the exception of twelve years 
when he was engaged in conducting a tile factory. He now has a finely 
cultivated property, with excellent buildings and modern improvements 
of all kinds, and his farm shows what honest, persistent effort can 
accomplish, for it is due to his own industry and good management 
that his operations have met with such success. 

In 1871 Mr. Hartzell was united in marriage with Miss Sarah E. 
Brown, and to this union there have been born four children, namely: 
Laura, Joseph, Carrie, who married a Mr. Huetzinger, and Sarah, who 
became the wife of Mr. Jarrett. Mr. Hai'tzcll's second marriage 
occui-red March 12, 1881, when he was united with !Miss Eliza A. Perkins, 
and they have two sons: Hurston and Howard. Mr. Hartzell is a 
Democrat in his political views, although he has never cared for public 
office. He has taken some interest in fraternal work, and at this time 
is a popular member of the Improved Order of Red ^len, the Knights 
of the Golden Eagle, the Wise Guys and the Haymakers. With the 
members of his family, he attends the Methodist Episcopal Church at 
Anderson, the movements of which he iias liberally supported. 

John Luther Hancock. Another of the well-to-do retired farm- 
ers of Madison county whose accomplishments justly entitle them to 
mention in this histoj-ical and biographical work is John Luther Han- 
cock, now residing on an eleven acre tract near the city of Anderson. . 
Here he built him a fine seven room house, suited in every detail to the 
demands of his family, and he is passing his r3maining years caring for 
his property interests and enjoyiiig the frtiits of his years of toil. Suc- 
cess attended ^Ir. Hancock in his efforts, and he today owns a number of 
farms in Madison county, all of which combine to yield him a suffi- 
cient income and place him among the ranks of the independent farm- 
ing men of the county. 

Born in Delaware cotmty, on December 3, 1851, John Luther Han- 
cock is the son of Joseph. T. and Plester (Fountain) Hancock. The 
father was born in Wayne county. Indiana, in 1831, and as a young 
man taught school in Deleware county, in the schools of ^^lount Pleasant 
township. He was the son of John Hancock, who came from Virginia. 
He was the father of six children, of whom more complete mention is 
made in the sketch of W. W. Hancock, to be found on other pages of 
this work. 

The boyhood days of John Luther Hancock were passed much in 
common with those of the other youth of that period. He attended the 
Delaware county schools and diversified his school Avork with a diligent 
training upon the farm, received at the hands of his industrious father. 
When he was twenty years old Mr. Hancock came to iladison county 
and settled in Richland township on the old Hancock farm, as it was 
long called. Two years later, or in 1876, he married INIary E. Lav/ler, 
and soon after rented a farm from his father-in-law, where he settled 
down and began to apply himself with all consistency to the acquiring 



640 HlSTOllY OF JVIADISON COUNTY 

of a place of his own and a position among the more prominent men of 
the eominunity. So well did he succeed that today he owns a number 
of productive farms and has been able to retire from the industry him- 
self and live comfortably and quietly upon the labors of former years. 
Befoi-e he retired he had reached a place of no incousiderabit pi-oioi- 
nence in agricultural circles of the county, and was known for the 
success of his farming ventures and the extent of his operations. 

His marriage to Mary Lawler occurred on December 7, 1876. She 
was born on August 28, 1859, in Richland town-^hip on the old James 
Lawler place, and is the daughter of James and Lydia (Chambers) 
Lawler. James Lawler was a native Virginian and came to Indiana 
when a boy, in company with his parents, James and Nancy (Curtis) 
Lawler. It was the father of ^Irs. Hancock who established the Lav.ier 
family in Madison county, and .she was one of his four children. 

To Mr. and Mrs. Hancock have come five children. Ida, the eldest, 
is the wife of D. Luce, and they have two children, — Lawson B., and 
Crystal M. ; Alta, married "William Bronnenberg, and is the mother of 
two children,— -Roy and Viva; Cora is the v.ife of Arthur Short, and 
their children are Thelma G. and Darrell E.: Hazel married Kmcrson 
Clanger, and has two children, — Harold L. and Ralph; the fifth child 
is Scluiyi.er Hancock, v.iio married Ethel Denny. All have come to 
fill useful niches in their various spheres in li^'e and reflect no little 
honor upon the parents who launched them upon their various careers 
of home-making and business. 

Mr. Hancock, though not a man to interest himself beyond the 
demands of good eitizeiiship in the politics of hJs eouiity, still bears 
allegiance to the I\epu])lican party, and has given aid to its causes on 
many occasions. He has done all one man could do in the interests of 
the peoi:>le whenever the rights and wishes of the people have been in 
contest, and has borne full well his shave in the burdens of civic responsi- 
bility. He and his family have membership in tlie Christian church of 
their community and are regular attendants and supporters of that 
denomination. 

Oliver P. Widexeb. A citizen and farmer of Fall Creek towrish.ip 
who began his career some twenty-five years ago without capital and 
with only the strength of his hands to aid him in his struggle with life, 
Mr. Widener has since becomic possessed of a fine farm, has reared a 
family who are a credit to his name, and during all the years of his 
residence in the community has been known as a man of honest and good 
report. 

Oliver P. Widener was born in Jackson township this county, Decem- 
ber 4, 1864, a son of William and Amanda J. (Sisson) Widener. Both 
parents are now deceased. The father and five brothers were soldif^rs 
in the Civil war, and all in Indiana regiments. The family were among 
the early settlers of ^Madison county, and the name has ahvays been asso- 
ciated in this section of the state with industry and integrity. The par- 
ents had ten children, seven of v/hom are living in 1913, namely : Robei't, 
Charles, William, Oliver P., Sarah, wife of Sherman Stephenson ; Aman.da 
J., wife of John Hoffman ; and Hattie, who is married and lives in Texas. 

Oliver P. Widener was reared on a farm in ]\Iadison county and all 
the education he attained was b}- attendance during the winter seasons 
in the neighboring district schools. The summers were spent in th.e 
labor of the homestead and when he was fourteen vears of age his father 



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(lied, leaving him as the r.hiuf suppurt of the family. For this reason 
he reinained at home as praetieal manager of the farm until he was 
about twenty-four years of age. lie then on September 12, 1SS8, mar- 
ried Sarah K. Graham, who was born in -Madison county, received her 
education in the district schools and represents an old family name in 
this sectioji. After their nuirriage ]\Ir. and Mrs. Wide]ier located upon 
a farm, and by dint of industry, thrifty management, tinaliy aciiuired 
their present handsome estate of one hundred and twenty acres in 
Fall Creek township, this repi-eseriting and being in the nature of a 
monument to their career of pereistent labor in this county. 

Mr. and i\lrs. Widener became tlie parents of five children, four of 
whom are living in 1913 as follows: Ruby, who graduated from the 
common schools and is now the wife of Robert MeCleary of Anderson; 
Dessie F., who also attended the common schools and is now the wife 
of Harry Webb, of Ilauulton county, this state; Vernie, who is a farmer 
and resides on the homestead with his parents; Jennie, who is a student 
ill the district schools. .Mr. Widener and his family worship in the 
Methodist faith, and he is one of the trustees, a stevrard and also a dis- 
trict steward of his chuieli, being one of the most active Vb-orkers for 
the church and the Sunday school of this denomination. In politics he 
is a Prohibitionist. On his farm he raises tiie general crops and con- 
siderable stock, and everyThing about the place is indicative of good 
management and thorouglmess. 

Alfred D. Hurst. In the recent death of Alfred Dickson Ilurst, 
which occurred at his home in Anderson en September 14, 1912, there 
passei! awa}' a v^vU known citizen, one who had been identified with 
Madison county for thirty years, and v/ithin his career v.ere embraced 
important activities in education, manufacturing, banking, politics, 
religion, and civic affairs. At his horue city of Anderson he was held in 
universal esteem, and was for many years om of the most substantial 
factors in business, a man who through energetic, straightforward busi- 
ness methods gained a comfortable fortune. He had hosts of ftiends 
all over the state of Indiana. 

Though a great meed of praise must always be due to the pioneers 
and first settlers for their efforts in behalf of progress and civilization, 
at least equal if not greater honor is due the men whose enterprise, 
genius and untiring industry during the latter years of the old century, 
contributed so largely to the general advancement and development 
of the county. It was in this latter class that Alfred D. Hurst belonged. 
He was born in Wayne county, Indiana, on a farm near Centerville, 
April 8, 1856. His parents were William and IMerab Foster Hurst, 
both highly connected and greatly respected in the community in which 
they lived. They were identified with agricultural pursuits and in 
consequence Alfred's early boyhood was passed upon the farm and in 
the performance of such labors as were common to boys similarly situ- 
ated in life. During the fall and winter months, he attended the district 
schools, and being ambitious to acquire an education applied himself 
to his studies with such assuidity that he was not long in mastering the 
elementary branches. Having an ambition to tit himself for the pro- 
fession of teaching, he subsequently attended DePauw University, where 
he took a classical course. He remained in that University four years, 
during which time his standing as a student and orator and debater 



642 HISTORY OF JVIADISON COUxNTY 

was highly creditable alike to himself and the school. He was a mem- 
ber of the Sigma. Chi Fraternity. 

After leaving University he was employed as a teacher in the public 
schools at Brazil, Indiana, and afterwards in the capacity of superin- 
tendent, the duties of which position he discharged with eminent satis- 
faction to the school board and the patrons of the schools. His services 
as an edueator were sought in other cities and in 1884 he accepted a 
proposition from the school board of Frankton in Madison county to' 
superintend the schools. For seven years he ably and faithfully looked 
after the educational interests of Frankton, and it can be truthfully 
said that no superintendent before or since came more nearly to satisfy- 
ing _ the public expectations. His methods were approved, and his 
efficienc}' v/as never ciuestioned. Mr. Hurst left his profession about 
the time that the development of the natural gas fields of eastern Indiana 
wrought such a complete change in the industrial and economic situa- 
tion in this section of the state. He was ciuick to see the possibilities for 
manufacturing enterprise and he resigned his position to engage in 
affairs that promised greater financial returns for his labor than the 
profession of teaching. Through his efforts the Hoosier Fence Com- 
pany was organized in 1802. No enterprise in the county perhaps has 
been more successful than this, due largely to the industry and able 
management of the late Mr. Hurst. He was also one of the principal 
promoters of the Frankton Land Improvement Company, assisted in 
organizing the Quick City Glass Company, and was connected finan- 
cially, if not in tlie management with the Drislier Coil Company and 
the Frankton Furniture Company. The late 2dr. Hurst vv^as a hard 
worker, and it was his constant and concentrated application to busi- 
ness which brought about ill health and in 1901 obliged hitn to retire 
from business affairs. Relinquishing the active supervision and man- 
agement of the industries which have been mentioned, he purchased in 
November, 1901, a large farm in Richland township, to which he removed 
his family with the expectation of finding that rest and recreatioii so 
essential to one in his condition of health. However, his residence there 
continued only a few months, when he bought a home at 311 West 
12th St., Anderson, and moved to that city. During his later years he 
had relations with several enterprises in Anderson and elsewhere. He 
was one of the organizers of the People's State Bank of Anderson, and 
a director in the Sterling Fire Insurance Company of Indianapolis. 
Besides looldng after his various realty interests at Anderson, he took 
a great deal of pleasure in supervising and improving the three farnns 
owned by him and located in ^Madison county. Agi'icidtare was always 
a great hobby with Mr. Hurst, and it was a constant pleasure for him 
to be on his farms and so far as possible to look after the details of 
their management. He enjoyed watching things grow, and was with 
all a practical business man and made his land produce a generous 
income. 

The late Mr. Hurst was twice married. On December 24, ISSO, at 
Brazil, he married ]\Iiss Iva Bridges. Four children were born to that 
marriage: Helen, Lucia, Joseph E., and Charles. Joseph is now de- 
ceased; ]\Irs. Hurst died in 1888. As indicating the character of the 
man and his solicitude for the Avelfarc and usefulness of Lis children, 
it may be stated that ISlr. Hurst afforded his children every possib^"^ 
opportunity for acquiring a finished education. The daughter Helen 
is now Mrs. Charles Preston of ^Monticello; Lueia is Mrs. Geo. Forrey 



HISTORY OP" MADISON COUNTY 643 

of Indianapolis. Mr. Hurst also had one grandson, Charles Preston Jr., 
o\' Monticello, Indiana. 

On July 10, 1895, at Frankton, ]Mr. Hurst married IMiss Jessie M. 
Jaekley. The one child n.ow living of this union is Alfred D. Hurst, Jr. 
Mr. Hurst was sai^'ived by four brothers and two sisters, namely: 
William, now dec-eased; Oscar and Joseph Hurst of Centervillc, in 
Wayne county ; Frank Hurst of Frankton ; ]\Irs. Robert AYilson of Col- 
lege Corner, Ohio ; and I\Irs. Florence Triplett, of Bloomington, Indiana. 

In church affairs, the late i\Ir. Hurst was a devout member of the 
First Methodist church of Anderson, having served as a member of its 
ofiioial board for some time. Though a loyal ^Methodist, he believed in 
the good of all religion, and for himself endeavored to practice the 
•rolden rule. 

His birthday was the date of the formal organization of the Repub- 
lican party as a national party, and though he always had sound reason 
for all his political actions, he was attached to the Republican interests 
throughout his voting career, and one of the prominent Republicans of 
Madison county. In 1892 he ^v"as a candidate for the office of state 
representative on the Republic? ii ticket, and during the campaign of 
1910 served as chairman of the Republican county committee. In 1892 
.Madison county was safely Den>oeratic, and he willingly sacriReed him- 
self for the good of his party without expectation of election. During 
his speaking tour about the county in that year, though his follow citi- 
zens were not aware that he had won the oratorical contest among the 
teachers of the county in 1888, discovered the fact that he was not only 
a logical reasoner but a graceful orator. He also had the satisfaction at 
the close of the campaign of knowing that through his efrorts the regular 
majority of the opposition was largely reduced. 

Honest, honorable and just, in the late Alfred Dickson Hurst were 
combined all the elements that make for progress and good citizenship. 
Always a patriot, he loved his country, was devoted to his home, and in 
the love of Deity stood without fear or favor for every good vrork. A 
man of education, he was a patron of books, and had a splendid knowl- 
edge of standard literature and a fine acciuaintance with current history. 
He had the practical idealism of the true Christion, loved flowers, music 
and children, "and was in his opinions and in his practical relations an 
optimist. He was regarded as a genial companion and a true friend, 
and measured by the actual results his life was more than ordinarily 
successful. His integi'ity was never cjuestioned, and he left a heritage of 
a good name which his children and his children's children vnll always 
cherish. 

Andrew J. Whetsel. No more notable example of what may be 
accomplished by energy', industry and perseverance could be found than 
that exemplified in the career of Andrew J. Whetsel, one of the highly 
esteemed farmers of Adams township. Handicapped in his youth by 
the lack of even ordinaiy educational advantages, he embarked upon 
his career without means or influential friends, and in spite of the 
numerous obstacles which have sought to impede his progress has sturdily 
and steadily forged his way to the top, until today he is the owner of a 
fine property of 110 acres iti section 18, and is recognized as a man 
of substantial worth and influence in his community. 'Sir. "Whetsel was 
^m on a farm near Mechanicsburg, Henry county, Indiana, ^lay 31, 
1S65, and is a son of Noah and ]\lary (Corbin) YVhetsel. 



644 HJSTOPvY OF .MADISON COUXTV 

Lewis, M'lio resides in Madison coinity- Willil "tt -i ' '^^-''^^^^'^ 

cock county Indiana- Anrlv.,, t •^^' }; }^^'^''\^^-^ a resident oi Haii- 

Ehvood, L^ia^;:^ Noah w ; ^;o.:!ed In k"'"u ^'f^^^^' ^^^'"'^ ^^ 
Alexandria; Israd and X aL .L^^e ..o' rSl^f^ Pursuits near 
of Anderson; Einuia, who became the wifp nf'l" iavnimg soutlnvest 

Francina, wlio became the' w fe «/ G or °e q^^^^ 

Lillian, who married Ilenrv Thomas aw i7lin' I^^lianapoli. ; and 
of Anderson ''^'''' ■^^'"''''*'^' ^ ^^^'l-k"own contractor and buiider 

t me he is a bett»i- M-liir.«i..,l „,., .i" " ," °"*'^atwii, and at tiiis 

advar.tages V; wttt e h ..£5" "'""-■ "'"-' ''"'"^ "'•"'•'' S'-eatci- early 

fanns in Madison TO-i„tv ?£ i i i^ employineut by the mont!, on 
and caretd?;-h;:Z"bi; s' - i "' t^t'^r!^, '"^ ''''"'^ »'' " '^«"-- 
day being tlie owner of a p. one rty 'o ( hfe o ™ ° T , ?'/" """' °'. "'"^ 
hardest kind o£ uork an,/ the*;;,!^:? tl;^. ,^ ^L^^ff^r.^V'^ 

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good managem?rt i Zift Tr m "sTr: ; ''f '''" '" i'«. owners 
yet wields son>e inflnenee in hi nejj>b , r,^^ ^Ub \"rP'""H" "'"'■ 

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as neighbor and f.^iend is k nd and 4 "rous Wtb"bi"T ^m"'"="' ""," 

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daughter of Abel and M iS nlie fjiaxwdr^Mrs'Tb^; 't"!''''""' 

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